Although I do not live in the area, I used the Meyring Law Firm for a Deed transfer. Robert took into consideration the distance I would have to travel and did not have me coming to the office unnecessarily. The service was prompt and professional. I cannot see where any improvements are needed to this firm. I just wanted to say “Thanks” for putting your clients first.

Your Right To Share

Is it okay for a parent to give less to one child and more to another? Is it acceptable to disinherit one child and give that share to his or her siblings? The simple answer is "Yes.

It is allowed, acceptable, and right at times, to give away your worldly possessions, by Will or Trust , to one child and not to another. It happened in ancient times, when Jacob fooled his father Isaac into giving Jacob the birthright, instead of his older twin brother Esau.

We don't have birthright now, but we do have the freedom earn some possessions and dollars over our lifetime and the freedom to give away our life's treasures to whom we want and in any way we choose; that is as long as you can state, in the writings of a Will or Trust, your estate-gifting intentions. So, if the "who gets what" is unstated, then the imminent state of your estate will be intestate.

Intestacy, or being intestate, is passing away and not leaving behind a will or estate plan which makes it a little harder for heirs to probate your estate. The law, the probate code, and its intestacy rules try to force everyone, of equal family relation to the decedent, to share equally in the estate. Sometimes that works, often it does not.

As summer gears up and we’ve enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday, we think of the freedoms we have as American citizens, and keep in mind the freedom you have to draft a will or estate plan and the benefit to your family. If you want to benefit one family member, or charity more than another relation, you may not, unless it is written into your estate plan.



* Robert S. Meyring, of Meyring Law Firm offers free 10 minute phone evaluations at 678-217-4369. The Meyring Law Firm is located 200 feet east of the railroad crossing on Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. More information at www.MeyringFirm.com.