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Benefits of Discretionary Trusts

Beneficiaries of a discretionary trust receive what the trustees decide rather than a set amount used in standard trusts. The benefit of a discretionary trust is that it takes into account the disparity of the beneficiaries' income and allows the gifts to be taxed at a reduced rate.

When a Discretionary Trust Lawyer Is Needed

Discretionary trusts are sophisticated financial arrangements regulated by specific trust law. Whether you are considering establishing a discretionary trust or are a beneficiary of such a trust, consulting with an Atlanta discretionary trust lawyer is imperative. He or she can advise you about your legal options.

Best Time to Seek Legal Help

No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.

What to Expect from an Initial Consultation

  • Seek to determine whether the attorney can represent you. There is no one-size-fits-all legal solution and it may turn out your needs are better served by an attorney in a different specialization.
  • It's important to find a legal ally who is both competent in the law and someone you can trust to protect your interests.
  • Discuss how the practice's billing works and discuss possible additional charges or fees that may arise during or after the resolution of your case.

An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff - a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment - A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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Court Locations in Atlanta, GA

State Court of Fulton County

185 Central Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 613-5002

Municipal Court of Atlanta

150 Garnett St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 658-6940

Supreme Court of Georgia

40 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-3470