Services

We empower our clients through education and excellent counsel and give them peace of mind about the future of their children and loved ones.

We take a collaborative approach and work with your financial adviser, accountant and other service providers to ensure your estate planning is complete and thorough.

Estate planning is an important and everlasting gift you can give your family. And setting up a smooth inheritance isn’t as hard as you might think.” ~ Suze Orman

Estate planning

Last Will and Testament

Creating a last will and testament the first and most important step to estate planning. Your will determines how your property will be split once you’re deceased. It can also include other considerations, such as guardianship appointment and independent executor appointment, which minimizes court supervision over your estate plan. If you pass away and don’t have a valid will in place, the state of Georgia will determine how your property will be divided, which may not be the way you would have chosen yourself.

Power of Attorney

A power of attorney gives an individual the legal authority to represent another person. This document is useful whether you are planning for the future or because you have a debilitating condition.

Advanced Healthcare Directive

You may know the advanced healthcare directive as a living will. It is a legal document that outlines a person’s wishes for their health should they be unable to make decisions for themselves due to an illness. No matter what your age, a living will ensures that your wishes are carried out in the event that you are incapacitated.

Trusts

There are many types of trusts, all of which allow you to protect, plan for and transfer to a person a particular item or wealth. Below is a list of different types of trusts Shaver Law Group, LLC can assist you with.

  • Irrevocable trust
  • Gun trust
  • Pet trust
  • Decedent Trust
  • Generation-skipping trust (“GST”)
  • Charitable trust
  • Living trust
  • Special needs trust

Protect My Children Plan

You can name a guardian for your children in your will, but what happens if you are incapacitated? Your will outlines your wishes when you die. Even if you name a guardian in your will (known as a testamentary guardian), your child could still be taken into protective services if you are incapacitated or otherwise unable to care for your child.  We prepare you for the hard times by proactively planning in the good times. The plan includes:

  • Guardianship Nomination Documents
  • Letters to Guardians
  • Babysitter Emergency Instructions
  • Medical Power of Attorney for Minor Children

Empty Nest Protection Plan

Did you know when your child turns 18, you may lose access to financial and healthcare records and decision-making?  What happens if your child needs you?  Will you be able to help and protect your child when they do?

Watching your child leave for college or a job away from home is hard to do.  Not knowing how to protect your child is even worse.  Give your child and yourself peace of mind by ensuring you have access to your child’s financial and healthcare records and can make decisions for them when they need you.

The College Protection Plan includes:

  • Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • Financial Power of Attorney
  • HIPAA Waiver
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Family Mediation

Litigation can be costly and ugly, especially in family matters such as disputes over estates. In estate disputes, litigation is the default approach for many attorneys and families, but we believe mediation is an underutilized tool that can help resolve estate and guardianship disputes in a more helpful manner.

Mediation is about understanding differences. It is talking through strengths and potential weaknesses of conflicting positions, and then working to come to an acceptable resolution the parties reach on their own. A trained mediator helps facilitate this process.

When it comes to probate or trust administration, elder care, guardianships and conservatorships, we understand that disputes arise. We also believe that partnering with a trained mediator to help resolve these disputes eliminates costly court proceedings, keeps the matter private, and is much more efficient than drawn-out lawsuits.

If you are seeking a mediation attorney in the metro Atlanta area, we are happy to help.

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Legacy Planning

We believe memorializing your legacy is the most important piece to your estate plan, but we found it’s neglected in most plans. Too many attorneys focus only on a family’s financial assets, but your legacy is much more than your tangible property. That’s why we believe your estate plan should incorporate more than just a binder of legal documents. We have made it a point to incorporate legacy planning into all of our plans.

All of our plans include legacy letters, allowing you to communicate any personal advice and guidance that you would like to leave children, guardians, medical powers of attorney, trustees or personal representatives. These letters are crafted to help you compose your values and advice in a meaningful way. In addition to providing all clients with legacy letters, we will record a video of your thoughts and stories for friends and family.

We also partner with other professionals to offer the following services to our clients:

Funeral Pre-planning

Few of us are prepared for the death of someone we love. Those left behind struggle with many difficult questions: What type of funeral service would my loved one want? What arrangements can our family afford? The purpose of a Pre-Arranged Funeral Plan is to help with these important decisions. Counselors can help guide you through the process of planning and funding a funeral.

Genealogy Mapping

Do you know your family history? Research has shown, “Children show higher levels of emotional well-being if they know stories about relatives who came before them…[because] family stories provide a sense of identity through time, and help children understand who they are in the world.” We partner with professional personal historians to help you discover your family heritage.

Legacy Documentary

A videographer will produce a documentary of your loved ones life through extensive interviews with them, their family members, and the many others whom they have impacted along the way. This is a great gift for parents or grandparents, as it will uncover and memorialize defining stories to create a lasting memory of their life.

Digital Legacy Website

We will build a custom Family Website complete with family history, a navigable family tree with bios, family stories, words of wisdom, videos, and pictures. It’s easy for all family members to contribute to the site as life changes and new stories are written. It can be a great gift for your next family reunion.

Family Meeting Facilitator

Counselors will help facilitate a family meeting with your professional advisors and beneficiaries, so that your wishes are clearly communicated and understood by all. This provides an open setting for people to dialogue, ask questions, and share thoughts.

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