Estate Planning

Estate Planning & Real Estate Ownership

Have a Plan in Place. Many of us have either personally dealt with the loss of a loved one and the chaos that can ensue when there is no WILL and no plan for the transfer of assets. Had there been a PLAN in place, grief would not be overshadowed by confusion and frustration with lack of access to information and resources.

This PLAN should include essential estate planning tools that start with the creations of: 

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Living Trust
  • Medical Directive
  • Financial Power of Attorney.
The Last Will and Testament is the document in which you decide who will benefit from your estate and who will be in charge of executing the terms of the Will. The Will must be submitted to Probate Court after your death.
The Living Trust is an agreement that you enter into as the Grantor and Trustee to create an estate during your life for various reasons. The most common reasons to create a Trust is to AVOID PROBATE, maintain PRIVACY and to PROTECT yourself and your beneficiaries. Your Trust can either be Revocable or Irrevocable.

Why is creating a Trust important when you own real estate?

The probate process can be expensive and lengthy. The most common asset that needs to go through probate is the family residence because the Decedent was the sole owner on title. In Georgia, Attorney Fees to probate your estate can range between $3500 up to tens of thousands of dollars. It can take your loved ones anywhere between 4-12 weeks before they can gain access to the money or resources that they need. Additionally, your CREDITORS have to be notified that your estate is open so that they can claim a part of your estate to cover your unpaid debts. Georgia probate records are PUBLIC and anyone can access the file to find out anything they want to about your estate and your family.


Creating and properly funding the Trust would avoid all of this. Placing your real estate and other property in the Trust will protect your privacy and your beneficiaries from creditors’ claims against your estate.


Other important documents that will assist you during your lifetime are the Medical Directive and Financial Power of Attorney. The Medical Directive is the document that allows a person that you appoint to make health decisions for you if you are unable to do so for yourself. The Financial Power of Attorney is designed to make it possible for a person you chose to manage your financial affairs during your lifetime. This person can oftentimes buy/sell real estate and write checks on your accounts. You should trust the person you select completely.


In order to establish an adequate plan, you should always consult with an Attorney. Kimbrough Law LLC is here to advise and serve your estate planning needs.

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