Disinheriting a Child From Your Estate

While Hollywood has glamorized disinheriting a child or grandchild, the decision to exclude someone from your will is quite complicated and emotional. There are four common reasons for removing an heir from your will: A pattern of behavior indicates the inheritance will be misused and/or cause added risk to the beneficiary’s life (for example, providing money for someone with significant drug or alcohol addiction). A split occurred and there is no longer a positive relationship, nor ...
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Gaslowitz Frankel Attorneys Act As Counsel in Recent Georgia Supreme Court Case

Craig Frankel and LeAnne Gilbert were counsel in a recent Georgia Supreme Court case that will have significant impact on trust and domestic relations law in Georgia. Gibson v. Gibson, No. S17F0593 (GA. June 5, 2017) confirmed that spouses are in a confidential relationship that imposes substantial fiduciary duties on each spouse in both financial and trust matters.  The Court also found that Georgia fraudulent conveyance law applies to spouses in Georgia. Finally, the Court held that tran...
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Best Lawyers in America© Recognizes Gaslowitz Frankel Founding Partners

Gaslowitz Frankel LLC is proud to announce that partners Adam Gaslowitz and Craig Frankel have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 for the specialty of Litigation – Trust and Estates. This prestigious recognition is based entirely on a peer-review with the goal of understanding the professional abilities of colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice areas. This is the 10th and 6th year respectively that Mr. Gaslowitz and Mr. Frankel have been recogniz...
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Craig Frankel Named 2018 Atlanta Trust & Estates Lawyer of the Year

Gaslowitz Frankel LLC is proud to announce that founding partner Craig Frankel has been selected by his peers as the 2018 Atlanta Litigation - Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year".   Best Lawyers® features the top legal talent from law firms around the world. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a "Lawyer of the Year" award.   “It is truly an honor to be selected by my peers with this prestigious recognition. I share this award with th...
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4 Signs That Your Family May Fight Over Your Estate

The loss of a loved one is often one of the most trying times you will experience in your life. From making funeral arrangements and navigating through the stages of grief to managing and settling the estate, it is easy for disputes to arise between family members. Fortunately, a majority of the disputes can be resolved amicably. To do so, it is essential to identify strategies to keep the peace in your family without the added worry of conflict among your heirs. Here are some warning signs t...
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Gaslowitz Frankel Partner Robert Port Presents Fiduciary Webinar on June 27th

Gaslowitz Frankel Partner Robert C. Port will participate in a Stafford Live CLE webinar alongside two other esteemed litigators focusing on breach of fiduciary claims against trustees of closely held business assets. The June 27th webinar, which will air live at 1 p.m. EDT, will provide estate planning counsel, fiduciary advisors, and litigators with a thorough and practical guide to pursuing and defending breach of fiduciary duty claims against trustees whose trusts have significant or cont...
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Craig Frankel Celebrates 18 Years of Board Service at Hillside

Gaslowitz Frankel is pleased to announce that founding partner Craig Frankel recently completed 18 years of service on Hillside’s board of directors. During his longstanding tenure of board service at Hillside, Mr. Frankel also served for three years as the board’s chair. Hillside plays an essential role in helping children and families thrive by providing outstanding residential and community mental health services. Their programs focus on the strengths of children who live in our community ...
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Part 2 of 2: 4 Must-Ask Questions for Your Fiduciary

With few exceptions, stockbrokers, investment advisors, and insurance agents act as fiduciaries for their clients. Therefore, they are required to place the interests of their clients ahead of their personal goals. How can you determine whether your advisor is a fiduciary who must act in your best interest or a stockbroker who is subject only to a “suitability” requirement? Here are some questions to ask your financial advisor to determine whether they are really putting your best interests f...
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Adam Gaslowitz Named Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of Emory University’s Gift Planning Advisory Council

Gaslowitz Frankel is pleased to announce that Emory University recently appointed founding partner Adam Gaslowitz to serve as vice chair/chair-elect of its Gift Planning Advisory Council (GPAC). In his new role on the GPAC, Mr. Gaslowitz, a long time member of the Council, will continue to work alongside other advisory council members to support the growth and development of the University’s gift planning program. The council draws its statewide membership from experts in law, accounting, est...
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Part 1 of 2: How to Determine if Your Financial Advisor is a Fiduciary

You have probably heard a lot of buzz lately about the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed “fiduciary rule,” which would significantly expand the types of financial advisors who are considered fiduciaries, and therefore owe a fiduciary duty to their clients. The rule is intended to apply to advisors who manage or give advice about retirement assets, such as IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, Roth IRAs, and 401(k)s. But what is a fiduciary duty? How does a fiduciary duty differ from other standards governing fin...
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