HELP! Where and When Needed
I have been asked by many fellow attorneys, business professionals and
salespeople: “Who is your typical client?” The short answer
is: “There is no typical client.”
When I first opened the Law Firm five years ago I thought I was opening
a “Law Firm Boutique” for wills, trusts, and estate planning.
The “typical” client would need an
and sometimes help with Probate. I quickly realized that clients who engaged
my Firm’s services had many added related issues to resolve.
To illustrate, a family with expansive legal issues could be a husband
and wife with two children, two homes, a successful business, and elderly
parents, where one asset-laden parent recently passed and has a will to
be probated. This is similar to a lot of real-life families with responsibilities
of children, business, future planning, and legacy. At times when people
need help planning their own estate, need help with business/legal issues,
or need help with the probate of a parent’s estate, I found it’s
important for the family to get help for all related legal issues from
The young couple with children may need an estate plan that insures that
there will be specific instructions and contingency plans in case either
spouse is incapacitated for a short or long time.
The resolution: 1) a financial power of attorney and 2) an advance directive
for health care for each spouse. The other part of the estate plan prepares
in the case of death of either spouse. To avoid leaving children orphaned,
businesses without paychecks, and properties abandoned, the young husband
and wife would need help putting together a concise will or trust-based
The couple’s children may have special needs and may need a trust
set up so that income-based healthcare or financial assistance will be
accessible and will continue even if the parents would pass away while
the children are minors. A trust could also give assistance to a surviving
child while the child is young and could preserve some of the trust assets
for the child’s college or graduate education and even distribute
some of the trust assets to the children over a lifetime.
The business may need to be incorporated or partners may need a partnership/operating
agreement. Ultimately, the couple can have a
in their estate plan and business procedures allowing the business to
continue in the event of death.
The couple may need help with elderly parents’ end of life care
and probate of the deceased parent’s estate. An elder parent could
qualify for medical assistance. The surviving parent may need to establish
or adjust their estate plan.
After opening the Firm, I soon realized the trusts and estates practice
touches on many areas of a person’s life. I’ve taken great
efforts to grow a Firm that can provide help to the person, the family
and the business in one place. I have found that resolving clients’
legal issues and planning for their future is the highest level of service
I can provide.
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