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Michael Lewis Van Cise

Michael Van Cise’s Legal Guides

11 total


  • How to Evaluate your General Power of Attorney

    What is a General Power of Attorney? A General Power of Attorney (referred to from this point forward as “GPOA”) is a document in which a person appoints another person or entity to act on his or her

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  • When Delivery of a Hard Copy of a Tax Return is Treated as Completed.

    Mailing on Time Equals Delivery If a tax return is mailed on the due date, the return is treated as being filed in a timely manner if the return is (1) postmarked on or before the due date of the fil

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  • What is a "Dynasty Trust"?

    Overview of Dynasty Trusts; What is it? The phrase "dynasty trust" typically refers to a trust which will remain in existence for multiple generations. The creator of the trust (sometimes called the

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  • Steps to Take After the Death of Joint Tenant of Real Property

    Review the Deed Showing Joint Ownership First, review the deed which evidences your ownership of the property. Under Georgia law, if the transfer occurred after January 1, 1977, unless the deed inclu

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  • What to do with a will in your posession when the testator dies? (filing not for probate)

    Requirement of Georgia Law: File the Will in the Probate Court having Jurisdiction Georgia law requires a person in possession of a will of a deceased person to file that will "with reasonable prompt

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  • What are the requirements for a valid will in Georgia?

    Capacity to Make a Will A person must meet certain minimum requirements in order to make a will. In Georgia, one must be fourteen (14) years of age to make a will. (many states require that a person

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  • Should I Participate in My Employer's Retirement Plan if I Receive SSI in Georgia?

    Retirement Funds Are a "Countable Resource." The Georgia Medicaid manual rules indicate that certain retirement funds can be treated as income and as a “countable resource” or an asset. For IRAs and

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  • What to Do If You Are the Victim of a Phone Scam

    Report the fraud to the appropriate authorities. To whom you should report an instance of fraud depends upon the nature of the scam, where the perpetrators of the scam are located, and how the fraud

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  • How to File a Will for Probate in Georgia

    Locate all copies of testamentary documents executed by the decedent First, locate all copies of wills executed by the decedent. You will only file for probate the one you believe to be the decedent’

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  • How To Follow Up on an Application for Recogniation of Exemption (Form 1023) Filed with the IRS

    Use a commercial carrier with delivery confirmation or USPS certified mail or delivery confirmation By getting delivery confirmation, you will know immediately when the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS

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