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A Letter to our Clients from Mark Godbey

Dear Clients, I hope this letter finds you and your family all safe and healthy. Like you, the attorneys and staff at Godbey Law have also spent the last several weeks adjusting to a world with COVID-19. This means understanding how it affects our staff and our clients, then making the necessary adjustments to daily [...]

By |2020-12-23T14:32:51-05:00May 6th, 2020|Bankruptcy, Criminal, Divorce, Estate Planning, Family law, Personal Injury, Small Business|Comments Off on A Letter to our Clients from Mark Godbey

Making Estate Planning Easy in a Crisis

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT MAKING A WILL? Right now, to stay safe during this COVID-19 pandemic and help “flatten the curve”, we are all Sheltering-at-Home. In addition to repainting the kitchen and putting in the garden, the To-Do List may include getting your Last Will & Testament prepared. Who would you like your executor to [...]

By |2020-12-23T14:32:51-05:00April 8th, 2020|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Making Estate Planning Easy in a Crisis

The Top 6 Things You Should Know About The SECURE Act

Quick Summary The SECURE legislation — which stands for “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” — puts into place numerous provisions intended to strengthen retirement security across the country. As part of a larger government spending package, which was signed into law on December 20, 2019, Congress included provisions from the Setting Every Community [...]

By |2020-12-23T14:32:51-05:00January 8th, 2020|Estate Planning, Small Business, Taxes|Comments Off on The Top 6 Things You Should Know About The SECURE Act

10 Ways to Maximize Your End-of-Year Giving

Before you click that link or mail that check this season, consider these 10 ways to potentially maximize your charitable giving. Discuss your philanthropic values and goals with your family (or even friends) as a way to build a legacy. 50/30/20 Rule: 50% to support causes you're most passionate about, 30% to support causes you [...]

By |2020-12-23T14:32:52-05:00November 21st, 2018|Estate Planning, Financial, Probate Law, Small Business, Taxes, Wills|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Maximize Your End-of-Year Giving

Letter to Our Clients – Celebrating 25 Years

To All Clients of Godbey Law, [WATCH VIDEO] Twenty-five years ago today, I came home early to tell my wife (who was pregnant with our first child) that I had quit my job in order to open my own law firm. I have no regrets. Today we celebrate 25 years of legal leadership at Godbey [...]

By |2020-12-23T14:32:52-05:00September 15th, 2018|Bankruptcy, Business Law, Criminal, Divorce, Estate Planning, Family law, Small Business|Comments Off on Letter to Our Clients – Celebrating 25 Years

New Tax Bill Creates Opportunities for Business Owners: Succession Plans

Protecting value for future generations or philanthropy The 2017 nearly doubled the federal estate and gift tax exclusion amounts. $11.18 million per person; $22.36 million per married couple. The purpose of the exclusion is to allow wealth transfer to heirs without taxation. These new amounts along with significant valuation discounts on shares of privately held [...]

By |2020-12-23T14:32:54-05:00May 21st, 2018|Estate Planning, Financial, Probate Law, Small Business|Comments Off on New Tax Bill Creates Opportunities for Business Owners: Succession Plans

A Different Kind of Spring Cleaning

If you are anything like me, spring means tackling chores such as cleaning out my closet and finally getting rid of that bread maker I have NEVER used. During the fall and winter it is easy to let certain things pass by without necessary attention – hello daily trips to the gym – but spring [...]

By |2018-05-21T15:54:18-04:00May 21st, 2018|Estate Planning, Family law|Comments Off on A Different Kind of Spring Cleaning

Does Your Estate Plan Match Your Social Media Relationship Status?

Most of us are pretty good about changing our relationship status on social media such as Facebook when significant changes take place in the relationships in our lives, but we aren't as good about making sure our estate planning s are updated to match significant changes in our lives. The laws which govern the distribution [...]

By |2020-12-23T14:32:56-05:00September 1st, 2015|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Does Your Estate Plan Match Your Social Media Relationship Status?

Valuable Digital Assets: Estate Planning’s New Frontier

By Godbey & Associates  August, 2012 A person must make many decisions when creating a will, establishing a trust or implementing other estate planning strategies. Important choices regarding everything from tangible assets to the identity of people chosen to carry out one’s wishes will have long term implications. One area of concern that has [...]

By |2020-12-23T14:32:57-05:00October 22nd, 2014|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Valuable Digital Assets: Estate Planning’s New Frontier

Estate planning and pregnancy: Having a baby changes everything

When a woman learns that she is pregnant, a million thoughts go through her mind. Picking a name, planning for childcare, decorating the nursery, the list goes on and on. One important issue that may not be at the forefront of either parent's mind is how to prepare for the baby's future if the parents [...]

By |2020-12-23T14:32:58-05:00October 23rd, 2013|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Estate planning and pregnancy: Having a baby changes everything
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