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Law Offices of Daniel Timins
Daniel A. Timins is a Trusts and Estates and Elder Law attorney, and a Certified Financial PlannerÂ®. He works with clients to preserve family wealth, decrease taxes, maximize utilization of government programs, and minimize creditor claims against family members. He practices law in New York, where he teaches both the public and other attorneys about Wills, Trusts, Medicaid, Probate and strategies to maintain assets and personal dignity as people age.
You might not be thinking about the practical tasks that need to be accomplished as soon as possible, but these steps are critical to safeguard an estate and ensure that it is passed down as smoothly as possible.
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When executed properly, estate planning can minimize legal fees, decrease taxes and lower administrative expenses.
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You can use simpler and more private methods to leave certain assets to your loved ones after you die.
Focusing on accumulating assets may give you opportunities to benefit from government tax incentives and programs, and to transfer wealth to loved ones.
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