Tiffany A. O'Connell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Natick, MA

O'Connell Law LLC
 | 3 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 877-340-3912
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (70%),
  • Elder Law (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Tiffany A. O'Connell is the founder and principal of O’Connell Law, LLC, in Natick, Massachusetts. Licensed to practice in New Hampshire as well as Massachusetts, Ms. O'Connell serves the rights and interest of clients throughout both states who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    ·        Estate planning

    ·        Elder law

    ·        Probate and trust administration

    ·        Business succession planning

    ·        Medicaid planning

    ·        Veterans benefits planning

    ·        Charitable planning

    Early in her career, Ms. O'Connell worked as in-house counsel for insurance companies as well as an insurance defense attorney. She then served active duty as a member of the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General Corp at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where she acted as soldier's counsel for disabled service members. Following this, she re-entered private practice focusing on estate planning, and she established her own law firm in 2010 with a mission to deliver the highest level of counsel and support possible to her clients.

    Recognized for her outstanding professionalism and exceptional client service, Ms. O'Connell has earned numerous accolades from her peers, and she holds "Superb" client ratings on Avvo. She also received the Army Commendation Medal twice along with the Army Achievement Medal for her service with veterans.

    Highly active in her legal community, she is a member of numerous local, state and national legal organizations, including the ElderCounsel, LLC, the WealthCounsel, L.L.C., the Fiduciary Inn of Court, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils and The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, among her other professional affiliations.

    A 1991 graduate of Boston College, Ms. O'Connell obtained her Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law in 1994, and she received her Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University School of Law in 2011. She is an Accredited Estate Planner with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils and a Certified Business Exit Consultant with Pinnacle Equity Solutions.  Further, Ms. O'Connell is accreditated as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.

    Committed to her local community as well, Ms. O'Connell served on the board of Bethany Hill Place, and she is the former president of the Charles River Rotary Club.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 70%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 30%Elder Law
    Focus Areas

    Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

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    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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  • About Tiffany O'Connell

    Admitted: 1995, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage: https://www.oconnelllawgroup.com/about/tiffany-a-oconnell/

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), 2019
    • LLM in Taxation from Boston University Law School, 2011
    • Certified Business Exit Consultant awarded through Pinnacle Equity Solutions, 2012
    • Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®), 2014

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • New Hampshire, 1998
    • Massachusetts, 1995
    • Wealth Counsel LLC, Member
    • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Member
    • Fiduciary Inn of Court, Member
    • New Hampshire Bar Association, Member
    • National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, Member
    • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., Member
    • Panelist Speaker at Boston Bar Association seminar on Introducing Opportunities within the Trusts & Estates Practice., 2012
    • Boston Estate Planning Council, Member
    • Boston Bar Association, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Panelist for Boston Bar Association program - iPads for Lawyers, 2011

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board Member for the Bethany Hill Place, a 501c3 entity focusing on affordable housing with a strong focus on learning and skill enrichment
    • Committee Member, Leadership MetroWest
    • 2014-2015 Club President, Charles River Rotary
    • Pro Bono estate planning services for Dana Farber cancer patients, 2008
    • Professional Advisors Committee member for Foundation for Metrowest, 2012

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker at NBI's Trust 101 program - Presentation on Revocable Trusts, 2014
    • On December 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) was signed into law and became effective January 1, 2020. This law is the most impactful legislation affecting retirement accounts in decades. Although there are positive changes for retirement accounts under the SECURE Act, there is a significant change that affects the beneficiaries of retirement accounts. The SECURE Act requires most designated beneficiaries to withdraw the entire balance of an inherited retirement account within 10 years of the account owner’s death. Attend this webinar to learn about this new law and its implications for your clients., Speaker, Secure Act, Boston Estate Planning Council, 2020
    • This discussion will focus on opportunities for income and estate tax planning for clients who are nearing the end of their lives. It will also cover practical steps to take in order to make sure that clients’ wishes are carried out and unpleasant surprises are minimized.  Given the current environment, preparing and planning for imminent death may be critical in certain situations and, as advisors, it is important to understand the opportunities and actions that may be valuable to our clients during that difficult time., Speaker, So Your Client Has Dementia - Now What?, Boston Estate Planning Council, 2020
    • Speaker at National Business Institute's Probate Essentials seminar, 2012
    • Speaker at National Business Institute's Probate Procedures: The Essentials for Paralegals seminar, 2011
    • Speaker at Norfolk County Probate Court's lunch lecture series, MA Uniform Trust Code, 2013
    • Speaker at NBI's Trust 101 program - Presentation on Overview of Trusts, 2013
    • Speaker at NBI's Trust 101 program - Presentation on Revocable Trusts, 2013
    • Speaker at NBI's Trust 101 program - Presentation on Overview of Trusts, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, B.A., Major: English, 1991
    • LLM in Taxation at Boston University Law School, 2011
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    Office Location for Tiffany A. O'Connell

    3 Eliot Street
    Natick, MA 01760

    Phone: 877-340-3912

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