Helping People With Their Estate Planning And Probate Needs
James T. Johnston Jr., LLC, offers client-focused service for all your estate planning and probate needs. Located in Atlanta, Jim is an experienced attorney serving clients throughout Georgia. He prioritizes thoroughness, responsiveness and a good-natured approach to guiding people through the estate planning process. He strives to keep his clients’ lives moving onward and upward without delays often experienced in estate matters.
Specialized Wills And Trust Services Tailored For You
At Johnston Law Firm, thoroughness and client relationships are key. By building strong relationships with clients, Jim gets a comprehensive understanding of their needs and goals. He wants to help make sure his clients’ hard-earned money and assets are used to empower and uplift their loved ones for generations to come.
Jim helps with a wide range of estate planning needs including:
- Drafting wills
- Creating trusts
- Business succession planning
- Leveraged gifts to children
- Family Limited Partnerships and LLCs
- Tax strategies for minimizing estate and gift taxes
If a member of your family is struggling with an illness, Jim can also help with medical and asset management if they become physically mentally incapacitated.
Asset Protection: Experience You Can Trust
Prior to law school, Jim worked as a controller and a CPA. He has carried that knowledge into his legal career and uses it to his advantage whenever possible. Jim has an in-depth understanding of tax laws. He enjoys employing creative problem-solving techniques designed to shelter assets from tax penalties. He can also help business owners and corporate executives with their business succession plans.
When preparing an estate plan, Jim strives to avoid difficulties in the probate process. However, if the death of your loved one has resulted in disputes over a Will, Jim can help. He can also help with litigation needs relating to a contesting a will.
Guidance Through Probate And Estate Administration
Most of my probate and estate administration clients are taking on the role of an estate administrator for the first time. The responsibilities entrusted to them come at a time when they grieving the loss of a loved one. When someone walks through my door in this situation, I give them a warmhearted greeting and begin explaining the details of what they will be required to do. I help with all aspects of the process including:
- Creating an inventory of assets
- Arranging for an appraisal of assets and property
- Locating and notifying heirs
- If necessary, satisfying debts and taxes through the sale of assets
- Filing the estate tax return
- Helping distribute assets and property according to the will
If there is a contest to the will or trust or a probate dispute, Jim can help resolve the issues at hand. If litigation becomes necessary, he can also represent clients in court.