From February 2nd to the 3rd, the State Bar of Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education held its 63rd Estate Planning Institute, a weekend-long seminar geared towards improving the legal knowledge of attorneys who manage estate law cases. The event offered 9 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours this year, as well as three other hour credits professionals can use towards accreditations and certifications. It draws a large crowd every year due to its wealth of knowledge and incredible networking opportunity.
Attorney James “Jim” McGinnis of Warner Bates in Atlanta was asked to be a keynote speaker at this year’s Estate Planning Institute. On Saturday, Attorney McGinnis gave a presentation titled “Gone in 20 Pages! Does Gibson V. Gibson Really Allow Transfer of Marital Assets into a Trust without Your Spouse’s Knowledge or Consent?”
Gibson v. Gibson is considered a complicated Georgia family law case, as it required the Georgia Supreme Court’s ruling to settle a marital asset dispute. Alina Gibson alleged a secret and fraudulent transfer of millions of dollars’ worth of marital assets into a trust by her husband, Stewart Gibson. Even though the case was concluded in favor of the husband by the Supreme Court, it still remains controversial and complicated to the point that even some of the greatest family law and estate planning attorneys of Georgia will admit to needing more instruction regarding its impact on case law. Attorney McGinnis’ dissertation allowed all in attendance to gain a full understanding of the legal logic behind Gibson v. Gibson and its implications on similar future cases.
From all of us at Warner Bates, we would like to thank the State Bar of Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the coordinators of the Estate Planning Institute for inviting Attorney McGinnis to be a keynote speaker. It is truly a testament to his abilities as a trusted and experienced family lawyer with a keen understanding of even the most complex areas of relevant law.
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