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Your Estate Plan

You’ve worked hard to build a good life for you and your family. So many people put off creating a will and planning an estate. The reality is that the only “perfect” will is the one that is actually done.

We know that estate planning sounds about as fun as a day at the dentist. That’s why our goal is to make the process of creating a will and planning an estate as simple, streamlined, and painless as possible. Let’s check this off your to-do list, shall we?

Document of Estate Plan

More Than Just A Will

A will is a great first step, but it’s not enough. A complete estate plan ensures that your assets go exactly where you want them to go while staying out of the public eye. We want to keep your family’s private financial information out of public records, to ensure your gifts go where you intend, and that your gifts get to their recipients swiftly.

When a will hasn’t been created, loved ones are left to guess where your assets should go. Estate planning takes all of the guesswork out of the process for you and your loved ones.

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The High Cost of Incomplete Planning

A will won’t protect your estate from the fees associated with probate court. Why would it? A will is designed to send all of your assets through the expensive and time-consuming probate process. It’s necessary to have one, but the more assets that can be removed from probate, the more assets actually reach who you want them to go to. When you choose an estate plan that just provides a will, you haven’t done enough to reduce the time or expense of probate.

Consider a typical family, the Hamiltons. They live in Cincinnati and are considering retirement in a few years. They have saved for their retirement and built a good nest egg for their golden years and hope to leave something to their children and grandchildren. The Hamiltons have a home worth $325,000, savings and investments worth another $250,000. Their cars and possessions are worth another $50,000. When the Hamiltons pass away, what’s the cost of probating their estate in Hamilton County, Ohio? Consider these two scenarios.

Total Assets: $625,000

Assets subject to probate: $625,000

Probate Administrator Fees: $17,500

Probate Attorney Fees: $20,000

Wait: 6-18+ months

Total: $37,500 in probate fees

Total Assets: $625,000

Assets subject to probate: $0

Probate Administrator Fees: $0

Probate Attorney Fees: $0

Wait: None. Heirs receive immediately.

Total: $0 in probate fees

 

Source: Hamilton County Probate Court

At LinnLegal, we think that Probate Court is the last resort for how assets should be distributed. We help you move as much as possible through probate avoidance strategies that were previously only utilized by the ultra-wealthy. While an estate sits in probate, it generates costs beyond what is listed above. The administrator may need to pay for appraisers, insurance, taxes and mortgages, bonds and other expenses that eat up the money you worked so hard for. It doesn’t have to be that way.

All Families Welcome

A FULLY CUSTOM EXPERIENCE

You deserve an estate plan custom-made for your family’s needs. We work with clients as long as it takes to ensure all of their wishes are met. While online will services (and even some big law firms) offer a “fill in the blanks” estate plan, we see what they can miss.

Our clients choose to give to charitable causes, support their communities, and provide for their families. All of that happens with in-depth, personally-tailored estate planning.

NO HIDDEN FEES

There are no surprises here.

We want to earn your trust. That’s why we publish our upfront, transparent pricing. All of our pricing is a flat fee, based only on the complexity of your estate.

No hidden fees. No add-on charges. Just one flat fee for a thorough, customized estate plan.

What our clients say

They are very thorough and absolutely wonderful to talk to. Very responsive and made sure that I clearly understood my options. Shakespeare was wrong about at least one attorney! 5.0/5.0 Marianne K.

Doug Linn has been my primary attorney for a number of years. He's handled matters ranging from document review, legal strategy, and litigation, and each time we've had a successful and satisfactory outcome. The best thing about working with LinnLegal is you're not overcharged for quick questions, a brief phone call, or a follow-up e-mail. That's meaningful when you're trying to work through something and you want to ask your attorney for advice. I highly recommend LinnLegal. Paul M.

I hired LinnLegal to help look over and negotiate an important business contract. Doug did an excellent job of looking over everything carefully and he pointed out several potential pitfalls of the original contract wording. He did a great job of reviewing everything in a timely manner, and he was extremely reasonable with his time estimates and his budgeting. Doug's expertise and professionalism ensured everything went smoothly. I had great peace of mind knowing that Doug was representing my interests well, and I highly recommend him and his firm. Clint H.

Contact Us For Legal Help

We invite you to call Linn Legal for real estate, business transactions, and estate planning needs. Please bear in mind that the firm does not represent clients in lawsuits, because our goal is to keep you out of the courtroom in the first place.

513-426-9443 5935 Ridge Rd. #400
Cincinnati, OH 45213








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