Estate Planning and Probate

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Your legacy took a lifetime to build. The attorneys at Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves, LLP in Macon can help ensure it lasts after your death. The right estate plan protects your family, your business and your charitable interests.

Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves, LLP has the knowledge and experience to handle any estate — from simple to complex. The firm’s estate planning lawyers are prepared to assist you in the creation of the appropriate will, trust, guardianship or conservatorship.

Estate planning in Georgia

Developing an estate plan that appropriately outlines your wishes and protects your dependents requires the counsel of experienced Georgia estate planning attorneys. Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves, LLP lawyers offer the consultative services you need. They have experience in complicated estates and stand ready to assist even the most sophisticated, high net worth clients.

The firm helps determine the will, trust or other estate planning tool that fits your needs and then drafts clear, legally sound documents designed to protect your best interests, including:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Irrevocable trusts and revocable trusts
  • Generation-skipping trusts
  • Other trusts
  • Charitable planning
  • Powers of attorney
  • Advance medical directives
  • Trusts for minors
  • Life insurance trusts
  • Charitable trusts
  • Estate and gift taxation
  • Family partnerships
  • Business succession planning

If you or a family member is in need of a guardianship or conservatorship, the firm is adept at setting those up as well:

•    In a guardianship, the individual named as guardian is legally responsible for the health care, housing and other daily necessities of the incapacitated person.
•    In a conservatorship, the court appoints a person as conservator to oversee the assets and finances of a person the court determines is legally incapacitated.

We are here to help after the death of a loved one

Facing the death of a loved one can be very difficult. While grieving, a family must also deal with handling the family member’s assets and fulfilling his or her final wishes. Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves, LLP’s probate attorneys and staff help clients through this challenging time. With offices in Macon, Georgia, the firm serves clients throughout the state. The firm’s attorneys have many years of experience helping individuals and families through the probate and estate administration process.

Experienced assistance with estate administration in Macon

Probate is the process of establishing a document as someone’s last will and testament through probate court. If there are any assets that will pass through a will, the estate must be settled through the probate process. In Georgia, probate usually does not cause delay in administering an estate.

The attorneys at Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves, LLP guide fiduciaries efficiently through the probate process. They ensure the orderly distribution of the decedent’s assets to beneficiaries. Even if Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves, LLP did not draft the deceased’s will, trust or comprehensive estate plan, the firm’s attorneys can guide the fiduciaries through administration of the estate.

Having a skilled attorney at this time is important. If an estate is not administered properly, a family may face conflicts, tax concerns and complicated legal matters in the future.