“Preparing a Pathway of Protection”
The Kearse Law Firm, P.C. focuses on some key areas in the law that affect everyone. We strive to meet each client’s specific needs in planning for the future and protecting their legacy. Our goal is to help you to “prepare a pathway of protection” for your loved ones.
Our professional services include:
Probate and Administration
Estate and Trust Litigation
Pension, and Profit-Sharing Plans
Wills are vital for all individuals, regardless of their family situation. Wills help you choose who will inherit your property once you are gone, who will be the Guardian of your minor children, and who your Executor, the person responsible for distributing your property, will be.
If you die without a valid Will, your property will be distributed intestate, meaning that the laws of Georgia determine who will get your property, and it may not go to whom you would want to receive it. For example, your spouse will not automatically inherit all of your property; he or she would split any inheritance with your children. Intestacy can be a painful and expensive process that your family does not need to experience.
If you haven’t updated your Will recently, you should be aware that the laws and your personal situation are always changing. We encourage you to reevaluate your Will at least every five years. Also, if you do not have a Will drafted specifically to meet Georgia law, you should meet with an attorney.
Every person’s circumstances are unique, and a “cookie cutter” approach to creating a Will can easily miss the tailored legal solutions you can only get from experienced professionals such as at The Kearse Law Firm.
Trusts are an important solution to many estate planning situations. They are private assets held by a trusted individual, and are not subject to the probate process. Trusts can allow you to control how your assets will be used now and in the future. Some trusts can reduce your potential estate and gift tax liability and provide for asset protection.
Trusts are a way to preserve your legacy by providing for your beneficiaries in a way you see fit. The Kearse Law Firm, can help you decide if a trust fits into your estate plan and, if so, which type of trust best fits your situation and gives you peace of mind. We can advise you on how to grow the trust and keep it in operation for your immediate family or for generations to come. We also draft our trusts to allow your Trustee to access and control your Digital Assets during your life and after your death.
The Kearse Law Firm is experienced in Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, and many more. We provide services for families in situations involving blended or non-traditional families, struggling or minor children, out-of-state real estate, elderly parents, non-citizen spouses, and even beloved pets.
Probate is a process where a decedent’s Will is submitted to the Court, an Executor is appointed, and the estate’s assets are distributed as directed under the Will. If there is no Will, the Court must appoint an Administrator and estate assets are distributed subject to Georgia’s intestacy laws. We assist clients with the various filings necessary for these processes, from getting appointed as Personal Representative to closing out the estate and everything in between.
As we have helped many families deal with these sensitive matters, we can provide specific guidance as to how to complete this process efficiently and with as little strain on families as possible.
At the Kearse Law Firm, our services are tailored to help you and your loved ones avoid the difficult probate litigation process. Sometimes, however, such litigation is unavoidable. If someone died without a Will, the Will was unclear as to certain matters, or if the Estate is just one that has led to significant disagreement between the Personal Representative and the beneficiaries or heirs, we can help defend the interests of the Estate and the Personal Representative. As we are experienced in the estate planning process, we know many of the pitfalls that Estates can face and how those issues can be resolved.
Also, if you believe your rights as an heir or beneficiary are not being fully represented by the Trustee of a Trust or the Personal Representative of an Estate, please contact us to set up an appointment.
Our number one priority is making this process as smooth and painless as possible, and the Kearse Law Firm will make all efforts to ensure the most favorable outcome for you.
Bernard Kearse has practiced law for over 25 years with much of his professional experience in the human resources and employee benefits areas. His experience includes designing and drafting of pensions, deferred compensation, severance, self-funded medical and other benefit plans (including ESOPs); and representation of clients regarding formation of limited liability companies.