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Top 10 Reasons You Should Have A Living Trust

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Top 10 Reasons You Should Have a Trust

As an estate planning attorney in Summit County, Cuyahoga County, Medina County and surrounding areas, we know many reasons why a revocable living trust can be very important. Here are 10 reasons why having a trust can be absolutely critical: (more…)

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Estate Planning Frequently Asked Questions – Answered by a Cleveland, Akron Area Estate Planning Attorney

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Estate planning is a very broad term used to describe the process through which an individual designs, executes and implements a series of documents that provide for the management and distribution of assets.  Estate planning also includes planning for your healthcare. I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions from my Cleveland, Akron area estate planning clients. However, if you have any other questions about estate planning, please take a look at our main Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Lawyer Page.

Q: What is the purpose of estate planning?

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Ohio Asset Protection Trusts Explained by Cleveland, OH Estate Planning Attorney

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Ohio Legacy Trusts and Asset Protection Trusts by Cleveland AttorneyOhio has been on the cutting edge of asset protection trust legislation since enacting its Ohio asset protection trust code in 2013.

Chapter 5816 of the Ohio Revised Code sets forth the rules and regulations for Ohio Legacy Trusts.  Ohio Legacy Trusts are sometimes referred to OLTs.  Ohio Legacy Trusts are a form of Asset Protection Trusts. Specifically, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts (DAPT). (more…)

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Estate Planning and Financial Planning Event

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Estate Planning Financial Planning Cleveland AkronOn February 23, 2017 Eric Valente of Valente Law co-hosted an estate planning and financial planning event with financial adviser David Trende of Wealth Design Partners, LLC.  Here is a slideshow and a link to the handout materials that were available for the guests.  If you want more information on wills, trusts and estate planning, take a look at our Great Information on Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. Valente Law hosts events like this quite often, so if you would like to attend a future estate planning and financial planning event, please call or email us today so that we can invite you to our next event!

 

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Do MORE than Just THINK ABOUT your Estate Plan

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Don't delay estate planning

Just THINKING about your estate plan is not enough!  We know first hand how easy it is to put off your estate plan, and we are an estate planning law firm that is here to make things easy on you.  First, take a look at our Information on Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning.  Then, contact us to get started on your estate plan (more…)

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An Overview on Trusts

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Trusts are governed by the Ohio Revised Code Title 58, which you can read here: ORC Title 58 – Ohio Trust Code.

Here are the basics on trusts: (more…)

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2017 Estate Tax Exemption Amount – 2017 Gift Tax Exemption

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Estate Tax Exemption and Gift Tax ExemptionThe Federal Estate tax exemption went up to 5.49 million in 2017 from 5.45 million in 2016.  That’s nearly 11 million for a married couple.  If you are one of the few American’s that is in the estate tax range, call Valente Law today to help save money by avoiding estate taxes.  Estate tax is 40% rate on every dollar above 5.49 million, but with proper estate tax planning, we can almost always help you minimize the estate tax and in a lot of cases, we can totally avoid estate tax altogether.

The 2017 Gift Tax exemption is still stuck at $14,000, (more…)

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Working with the Next Generation Heirs

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Valente Law counsels clients in the Cleveland and Akron areas who have recently inherited assets or been asked to manage their parents’ assets.  Whether you are getting an inheritance as an heir or will be acting as the successor trustee for a parent that has passed away, Valente Law can help you navigate the technical, legal issues in working with the next generation of heirs by: (more…)

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Estate Planning Questionnaire – What to Know for Your Estate Plan

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New clients always ask, “what should I think about before our first estate planning meeting” and I always answer by sending this questionnaire. In addition to the below questionnaire take a look at our comprehensive Will, Trust and Estate Planning Lawyer Page.

What follows is my standard estate planning questionnaire that I use for my estate planning clients in Cleveland, Ohio and Akron, Ohio.  As an estate planning attorney, I always appreciate when a client comes prepared and knows what to think about.  Please call Valente Law at (330) 665-5000 to discuss your estate plan!  We offer free initial consultations, so it really is a no lose situation!

Here is a link to the estate planning questionnaire in its entirety with proper formatting:

Estate Planning Questionnaire – Valente Law, LLC – 2017 Update

And here is the estate planning questionnaire in text form: (more…)

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Types of Trusts

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There are many types of trusts which are designed to serve many purposes.  Every trust has very unique, specific rules and benefits and each should be carefully reviewed.  In very general terms, some of the most common trusts include the following.

Living trusts are created by the grantor during the grantor’s lifetime. (more…)

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