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The O'Brien Law Firm LLC

627 W. St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Phone(216) 472-1500
Fax (216) 472-1600

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Our firm is dedicated to providing you with quality estate planning resources, so you can become familiar with all of the existing options. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family.



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 Retirement Planning for Military Service Veterans

When you speak with any retirement planning attorney he or she is going to advise you to do everything possible to facilitate a retirement income stream to supplement your Social Security benefit.

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 SSA Taking Steps to Save Taxpayers Money

Sometimes you can engage a paradigm shift that can provide economic efficiency in a rather simple but effective manner. This is something that the Social Security Administration has been doing and the timing is ideal. Retirement planning experts tell us that tens of thousands of people are joining the ranks of Social Security recipients monthly, and this growth will continue for years to come as the baby boomer generation reaches the age of Social Security eligibility.

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 Pet Planning: Provide for Your Pooch

You must think everything all the way through when you are interested in being totally and comprehensively prepared for the inevitable. With this in mind you would do well to make provisions for your dog when you are planning your estate. No one knows exactly when they will be passing away so you may think that you will live longer than your dog but in reality you have no guarantees.

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 Digital Planning: Communicate Relevant Information

Estate planning in the digital age is going to require communicating relevant information to your executor or personal representative. These days a lot of people conduct a significant amount of business online. Indeed, some individuals take care of just about everything over the Internet and it can be quite efficient to handle your affairs digitally.

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 Unification of Gift and Estate Tax

To be able to proceed intelligently when you are planning your estate you must have an understanding of the relevant tax laws. There are those who think that it is not fair, but acts of giving while you are alive or after you pass away are taxable.

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 Probate Avoidance Would Have Helped Hemsley

There are certain pitfalls that go along with this and you should be aware of them before making any final decisions. During probate anyone who wanted to contest the will could step forward and present his or her case and the probate court would hear these arguments.

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 Trusted Source: Do-It-Yourself Last Wills Are Not a Good Choice

Estate planning attorneys will tell you to take pause before assuming that you can simply and easily execute your own estate plan using downloads that you purchase off the Internet. While the discerning individual may see the obvious logic here, there are those who take a more cynical approach. They suggest that attorneys would guide you away from these do-it-yourself resources because they are in the business of drawing up legally binding documents for their clients.

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 It's Your Choice: Plan Now or Pay the Price Later

When you are a younger adult you may well have a difficult time wrapping your head around the concept of aging. It can seem as though retirement planning is something that you really don't have to think about until you are much older. The above is understandable because we all have day-to-day challenges that we must address and it can be hard to think about the future.

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 Is a Last Will Really the Economical Choice?

There are individuals who are under the impression that using a last will is the most economical choice when you are planning your estate. They have heard that it costs less to create a will than it does to create a revocable living trust. While it is true that there is more legal work involved in trust creation whether or not it is more expensive in the long run is going to depend on your situation.

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 Planning is Key for GLBT Community

People who are involved in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships may not get legally married in the state of Ohio. However, you do have the legal right to assert your wishes, and you must take advantage of this right if you want to make sure that your partner is provided for after your death.

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 Alzheimer's Looms -- Action Required

We have all heard of Alzheimer's disease, but it can be surprising to learn about just how widespread it has become. The Alzheimer's Association does a lot of work drawing attention to this plague on our nation's elderly, and they offer some rather eye-catching statistics. They have found that one out of every eight people who have reached the age of 65 has Alzheimer's disease.

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 Consider Utilizing Annual Gift Tax Exemption

If your estate is valued in excess of the estate tax exclusion amount you are going to have to pursue avenues that provide tax efficiency. Depending on the unique nature of your situation any number of strategies may be optimal, and this is why it is so important to work with a seasoned professional when you are serious about wealth preservation.

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 Probate Can Be Troublesome

One of the reasons why some people choose alternatives to a last will when they are arranging for the eventual transfer of assets to their heirs is because they want to avoid probate. What is probate you ask? Probate is a legal process that takes place under the supervision of the probate court.

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 Estate Planning for the Unmarried

Many of us remain unmarried by choice or by necessity. Maybe you are paired up but cannot legally marry because of laws prohibiting same-sex marriages, or maybe you’re on your way to marriage. You may also be choosing to live with another person instead of choosing marriage for personal reasons. Whatever the reason may be, you should carefully consider your future property rights together as unmarried cohabitants.

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 Ohio Estate Tax Being Repealed

You might think that you would be able to leave behind resources to your loved ones after you pass away fully intact. After all, whatever you have accumulated throughout your life is a reminder that you were able to hang onto after paying enumerable taxes every step of the way.

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