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Month: May 2023
Avoiding Estate Planning Mistakes: Common Pitfalls to Watch Out For

On Behalf of O’Brien Law Firm, LLC

Posted on: May 10, 2023

Estate planning is an essential process that involves making arrangements for the distribution of assets and wealth after death. Unfortunately, however, estate planning can often be complex, leading to mistakes which could create issues for loved ones in the future. Here we will outline some potential pitfalls you need to watch out for so as to avoid making estate planning errors.

Failing to create an estate plan

One of the most frequent errors people make is failing to create an estate plan. This can lead to confusion and disputes within family units, as assets may not be distributed as planned. To prevent this mistake from recurring, it’s wise to consult an estate planning attorney for assistance in crafting an in-depth estate plan.

Not updating your estate plan

Mistakenly failing to regularly update your estate plan can have serious repercussions. Changes such as marriage, divorce, birth or death in the family can have profound ramifications for it; reviewing it every few years or when significant events take place is recommended for optimal results.

Not considering the tax implications

Estate taxes have the ability to have a profound effect on both you and your beneficiaries, with failing to consider tax ramifications of an estate plan having serious ramifications for both. Therefore, it’s crucial that you seek assistance from an experienced estate planning attorney in creating a plan which minimizes tax liabilities as part of creating a lasting legacy for loved ones.

Not planning for incapacity

However, planning for incapacity should also be prioritized when considering future outcomes. This includes creating documents such as a power of attorney, healthcare proxy and living will. Failing to plan in this way could force family members into making difficult decisions on your behalf without guidance or input from you.

Not communicating your wishes

Finalizing an estate plan without discussing it with loved ones can cause confusion and disagreement after you pass. Therefore, it’s vital to discuss it so everyone understands your wishes and works towards fulfilling them together.

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Debt Relief Options Beyond Bankruptcy: Exploring Alternatives

On Behalf of O’Brien Law Firm, LLC

Posted on: May 10, 2023

Debt can be a substantial strain to carry and it is understandable why some may feel declaring bankruptcy is their only viable solution. Luckily, there are other alternatives available which may provide debt relief without long-term effects of filing for bankruptcy filing – this blog will examine some of these solutions to debt.

Debt Management Plans

Debt management plans (DMPs) offer an appealing alternative to bankruptcy for many people struggling to manage payments, yet do not wish to file for bankruptcy. A DMP works by helping individuals negotiate with creditors to lower interest rates and eliminate certain fees; you then make one monthly payment to a credit counseling agency which then distributes those funds among your creditors – an ideal option if bankruptcy seems like too drastic a solution for you.

Debt Settlement

Debt settlement may also assist those looking to reduce their debt load, as this process involves negotiating with creditors in order to settle debts at a discounted price. While debt settlement might seem appealing, be mindful that it could have serious repercussions for your credit score and future financial wellbeing.

Credit Counseling

Credit counseling offers another alternative to bankruptcy. Credit counselors work with individuals to develop budgets and debt repayment plans. They may also provide guidance on managing money more effectively over time while decreasing debt levels.

Debt Consolidation

Debt consolidation involves consolidating multiple debts into one payment. You can do this either through taking out a loan to cover all of your debts or using a balance transfer credit card – both options can make managing debt simpler for you, but when selecting your lender it’s essential that the new monthly payment fits within your budget.

Final Thoughts

Though bankruptcy might appear like the only viable solution to those experiencing debt problems, other strategies may offer relief without long-term ramifications. When exploring your options it’s essential that you consult a reliable financial advisor so they can tailor their advice specifically to your financial circumstances.

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