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Lunch & Learn – “What You Should Expect From Your Closing Attorney”

Written by Joel Gerber. Posted in Real Estate

Topic: “What You Should Expect from Your Closing Attorney”
Speaker: Joel Gerber – Brannen, Searcy & Smith, LLP
Sponsored by: Bank of America – George Evans – Mortgage Loan Officer
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Networking & Lunch: 12:00pm
Speaker: 12:30pm
Location: Savannah Area Realtors – 7015 Hodgson Memorial Drive

In order to give our sponsor an accurate count, please RSVP for lunch no later than Monday, August 19, 2013. This is an SAR member benefit – No Charge to attend for SAR members. Due to Educational Requirements, NO CE Credit is given for Lunch & Learn sessions. To RSVP, please contact Lori at For more information visit the SABOR website.

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My Property Taxes Are Going Up: What Can I Do?

Written by Joel Gerber. Posted in Property Taxes

Many of you have enjoyed lower property taxes for the past many years during the economic downturn. Especially those of you who locked in your Stephens-Day value (the ceiling for a majority of your tax bill) back in 2003-2007 when property values were high. Now that home values are rising again, what can you do to minimize your property tax liability? If you already have filed your homestead exemption and your taxes have been increasing the last year or so, you might consider placing a “tax freeze” on the assessed value of your home.

Do You Really Need a Will? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Written by Joel Gerber. Posted in Estate Planning, Wills

How many times have you asked yourself, “Do I really need a will?” Or how many times have you said to yourself, “I know I need to get a will, but I’ll do it another time.” For most people, all they need are basic estate planning documents: A will, a financial power of attorney and an advanced directive for health care (more commonly known as a living will). And those basic estate planning documents should not be expensive.


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