Mackintosh Law, LLC

Mackintosh Law, LLC

Specializing in Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, and Probate Law on the Square in Decatur

Firm Overview

Mackintosh Law, LLC, is dedicated to the highest standard of professional service and client satisfaction. Brooks Mackintosh, Certified Estate Planner, will help you put in place a will-centered or trust-centered estate plan that allows to maintain control of your assets and pass them on to whom you want, when you want, and how you want.

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning

If you have a family, own a home, or have significant assets, there are some basic estate planning documents that will allow you to maintain control of your assets and personal choices while you are living and to protect and provide for your loved ones after you are gone.

Advance Directive for Health Care

An Advance Directive for Health Care allows you to appoint an agent who will give directions and make decisions about your health care when you are unable to do so. It also allows you to record your preferences and beliefs regarding medical treatment and end of life decisions. This ensures that your directions will be carried out by the trusted person you choose, and it helps avoid disagreements among family members.

Power of Attorney

Through a Durable General Power of Attorney, you can designate a person to make financial decisions on your behalf in the event that you become disabled or incapacitated. This is a simple arrangement, but one that is essential in order to avoid a public, time-consuming, and expensive court proceeding to appoint a guardian and conservator. In the absence of a power of attorney, even a husband or wife would need to file a court petition to make decisions about assets held in the disabled spouse's name or to sell a home owned as joint tenants.

Will

Only through a Will can you appoint a guardian to care for your children in the event of your death and an executor to administer your estate. Without a will, a surviving spouse may inherit only a fraction of your assets, with the remainder bequested to children who would gain unfettered access to them at age 18. With a will in place, you are able to direct exactly how your assets will be distributed upon your death, and you can set up a testamentary trust to manage the inheritance of any minors until they reach an age of responsibility.

Revocable Living Trust

Establishing a Revocable Living Trust is a way to avoid the cost, delay, and public nature of the probate process for distributing assets. The couple or individuals who establish the trust (the grantors) are the initial trustees and maintain complete control of the trust assets (such as a home, bank accounts, investment accounts, a business) during their lifetimes. Upon the deaths of the initial trustees, the assets are controlled by a successor trustee named by the grantors and distributed to beneficiaries or held in trust for their benefit. All of this is done without the involvement of a court or public hearings, and at a lower cost than the probate process. A revocable living trust also provides for the management of a grantor's affairs during a period of incapacity.

Stand-Alone Retirement Trust

If a large portion of your assets are held in IRAs, 401(k)s, or 403(b) retirement plans, you may want to establish a Stand-Alone Retirement Trust, or SRT. An SRT can afford you flexibility in naming contingent beneficiaries for retirement plan assets, extending the tax-deferred growth of the assets, protecting the assets from creditors and predators, and controlling how the funds will be spent by beneficiaries.

Probate Law

If you have been named the executor of an estate, it is important to have a legal advisor to help you navigate the requirements and court filings involved in settling the estate. We would start by giving you a checklist that serves as a guide to make sure that you are carrying out your fiduciary duty and complying with any probate court deadlines. We can then be available to provide as much or as little assistance as you need until the estate is closed. As a beneficiary of an estate, you may also need legal advice to make sure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled under the terms of a will.
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Main Office
Downtown Decatur
One West Court Square Suite 410
Decatur  GA  30030
Phone
  • (404) 793-2510
Fax
  • (404) 793-2525
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Wills,
Living Trusts,
Retirement Plan Trusts,
Powers of Attorney,
Health Care Directives,
Buy-Sell Agreements

Brooks Mackintosh

Brooks has practiced law for more than fifteen years and is a member of the National Institute of Certified Estate Planners. He works with clients to determine their needs and drafts wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, advance health care directives, and other planning documents to accomplish their goals. He also represents executors and family members in probating wills and administering decedents' estates.

Before founding Mackintosh Law, LLC, Brooks was a senior attorney at the U.S. Department of Treasury and a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, for a total of ten years. In both roles, he handled cases involving complex financial transactions. He represented the United States at trial, in high-stakes negotiations, and in official delegations to Australia and South Africa.

Brooks began his law practice as an attorney at Covington & Burling, a large law firm in Washington, D.C. Immediately after law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John D. Butzner, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Brooks enjoys running, biking, and volunteering with the Boy Scouts. He lives with his wife Agnes and their two sons in Decatur.
License
  • Bar Number: 464115
    Georgia , 1999
Education
  • William & Mary School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1999
    Graduated Order of the Coif, in the top 5% of the class;
    Articles Editor, William & Mary Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Bachelor of Arts , 1995
    Graduated cum laude

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