Adams Miller, LLP Practice Areas
Serving Families and Individuals in the Anniston, Gadsden, and Talladega Areas
Comprehensive estate planning covers nearly every aspect of life. It begins with protecting yourself and your personal dignity, and extends to protecting your loved ones and your hard-earned assets.
Follow the links below to learn more about our Estate Planning services provided at Adams Miller, LLP:
Fundamental Estate Planning
There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents.
Learn more about the Estate Planning process.
Estate Tax Planning
Historically speaking, the federal estate tax is an excise tax levied on the transfer of a person's assets after death. In actuality, it is neither a death tax nor an inheritance tax, but more accurately a transfer tax. There are three distinct aspects to federal estate taxes that comprise what is called the Unified Transfer Tax: Estate Taxes, Gift Taxes, and Generation- Skipping Transfer Taxes. Legal planning to avoid or minimize federal estate taxes is both a prudent and an important aspect of comprehensive estate planning.
Learn more about Estate Tax Planning.
Special Needs Planning
Special Needs Estate Planning focuses on providing for the special needs of our loved ones with disabilities when we are no longer there to organize and advocate on their behalf. Parents of children with special needs must make careful estate planning choices to coordinate all of the legal, financial, and special care needs of their children – both now and in the future.
Learn more about Alabama Special Needs.
We encourage and assist the tradition of giving to charitable causes, including the employment of tax-advantaged strategies that maximize the value of your gift. We help clients make charitable gifts and practice good stewardship in the most tax-efficient manner.
Learn more about Charitable Giving Strategies.
A Will is an essential document to have in your Alabama estate plan. In the will, you name someone to handle your estate when you pass away. You also decide who gets what property when you die.
Learn more about including a Last Will and Testament in your estate plan.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney (POA) gives someone else the legal authority to act on your behalf to handle your finances and property, in the event you become incompetent or incapacitated or not able to do so.
Learn why a POA is an essential part of your Alabama estate plan.
If you are admitted into a hospital in Alabama they will ask you if you have an advanced directive or living will. If you do not already have an advanced directive or living will, the hospital will usually have you sign a living will that their attorneys have drafted.
Learn how we can help you ensure that your wishes are carried out at the end of life – not the hospitals or doctors wishes.
A trust is the equivalent of having your own rule book about who is to manage your assets and how. It is a legal document that is created that can actually own property and other assets.
Learn how a Trust can benefit your Alabama estate plan.
Revocable vs. Irrevocable Trust
Using a trust is the best way to prevent your kids from fighting and fussing if something happens to you.
Learn which Trust is best for you and your situation.
Elder law is another aspect of estate planning, focusing primarily on the needs of families and individuals as they age. Issues of aging include senior housing and home care, long-term (or nursing home) care, guardianships and health care documents, Medicare and Medicaid.
Learn more about planning for Long-Term Care.
Medicaid Crisis Planning
Finding and affording quality care on short notice can be stressful and draining. We can help you determine the best options for care and how to qualify for Medicaid to help finance them.
Learn more about Medicaid Crisis Planning.
Medicaid Myths & Success Stories
Medicaid is the government program that pays for long term nursing care. There is a lot of misinformation out there about medicare and Medicaid and what roles these government programs play in long term care planning.
Learn more about Medicaid Myths.
Estate Planning vs. Elder Law
Elder Law is the part of estate planning that deals with issues related to care for the aging such as long term care options, paying for long term care, asset protection and making decisions about the way you want to be cared for.
Learn more about planning ahead of time for proper long term care.
Paying for Long Term Care
The cost of long term care depends on the level of care that one may need. In home care is not as expensive as nursing home care. Assisted living costs are somewhere in between in most cases.
Learn more about paying for Long Term Care.
As a caregiver, your life may already feel pretty crazy, but, nothing is worse than the chaos and frustration of facing a serious medical emergency without the right documents, financials or information in place.
Find out how these Caregiver resources may help you avoid caregiver burnout.
VA Pension Benefits
Many families struggle to provide necessary care for aging or disabled Veterans or their surviving spouses. Unfortunately, most of these families are unaware of an important benefit available through the Department of Veterans Affairs to which their loved ones may be entitled. It is called Aid and Attendance.
Learn more about Aid and Attendance.
If you are a war veteran who has been wounded in battle or suffer from a service related disease or condition such as those caused by exposure to agent orange, you may be eligible for VA compensation. The VA Disability Compensation is a tax free benefit that is paid to veterans who suffer from service related disabilities.
Learn more about VA Disability Compensation.
Appeal Denial of VA Benefits
You have the right to appeal the denials and get all of the benefits you deserve. However, you have to file by the deadline or you will lose your right to appeal.
Learn more about appealing denials of VA benefits.
Family businesses are the backbone of the American economy. From agriculture to services, technology and manufacturing, family businesses generate an estimated one-half of the U.S. Gross National Product and pay half of all wages earned in this country.
Find out how we can help you preserve your family business.
Asset Protection for Business
Asset protection planning involves making prudent decisions today to protect yourself, your business, and your hard-earned assets from loss due to lawsuits, creditors or bankruptcies.
Find out how we can help you protect your assets today.
Probate & Estate Administration
Probate and estate administration are the processes through which estate assets are transferred after death. Assets to be transferred under terms of a will go through probate. Assets transferred outside of a will, such as by operation of law, or those planned for in a trust are handled through an Administration process. Administration also refers to the process whereby assets are transferred by rules of the state when there is no will. We can help make the process easier, more efficient, and provide peace of mind during a difficult time.
Learn more about Probate & Estate Administration.