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Learn the benefits of placing your rental property into an LLC in Massachusetts.

Estate Tax Planning, Probate Avoidance

Why Place Your Rental Property into an LLC?

I hear this all the time: “I have a Will so I’m all set.”  At first, I used to internally roll my eyes and say a prayer for them. Then I had an epiphany: Whenever I had a sinus infection, I just always assumed I knew what it was.  I went to the doctor when […]

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You have a Will – so You’re All Set?

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What would happen to your children if you and your spouse passed away tomorrow? This is a question that NO parent wants to think about, and it often prevents couples from making an estate plan, especially when they come from very different backgrounds. While no one schedules an unexpected death, so there is no time […]

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How to Choose a Guardian For Your Minor Children

How to Choose a Guardian For Your Minor Children

Massachusetts is one of the few states that still follows the old common law rule of caveat emptor, also known as “buyer beware.” This means that, as a seller, you are required to disclose very few things about your house and, as a buyer, you need to ask the right questions and make sure to […]

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What A Seller Must Disclose in Massachusetts

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Avoiding putting together an Estate Plan is normal; Most people don’t like to think about or have a plan in place in case of their death if everything else in their life is fine. However, the cost of planning ahead is nominal compared to the peace of mind and the return on investment that comes […]

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Estate Planning Will Save Your Family Time and Money

Estate Planning Will Save Your Family Time and Money

As every good gardener knows, preparation is key. If you put in hard work early in the season, you can sit back and watch it flourish with only a little upkeep. Estate planning is very similar! Putting in the work now, so you can reap the benefits later: Plant the Seed: Get Your Documents DonePlanting […]

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4 Tips for a Flourishing Estate Plan “Garden”

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Right now, the real estate market is booming, with people buying and selling left and right. If you are getting in on the action, now is a great time to get in touch with your estate planning attorney. Owning Property Is A Great Reason To Establish A Trust Buying a house is one of the […]

Estate Administration, Estate Tax Planning

Buying or Selling Real Estate? It’s Time To Talk To Your Estate Planning Attorney

As tax season comes to a close and that itch for spring cleaning comes back, it is time to get your financial house in order. The best way to do this is to meet with an estate planner and review the components of your financial house. Here are some questions to think about before making […]

Estate Administration, Estate Tax Planning

Get Your Financial House In Order!

Estate Plans Help Loved Ones Avoid Probate When someone passes away, they often leave an estate behind. That estate can consist of various types of property that may include little things such as digital accounts, cash, and cars, and larger assets such as stocks, bonds, business interests, and real estate. Someone who has planned ahead […]

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How to Avoid Probate

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Studies show that at least 80 percent of New Year’s Resolutions fail. But that also means that 20 percent of us are successful – read on for our four step plan that will help you to be in that successful 20 percent. Determine how long it will take you to achieve your goal Yo​ur goal may […]

Estate Administration, Estate Tax Planning

New Year Resolutions: Four Steps for Success (And Some Estate Plan Advice, Too!)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way everyone does business. While we still love to see our clients in person, we’ve found that more often, folks ask to conduct their estate planning consult over Zoom. Virtual appointments are different, for sure, but also offer a great opportunity to be more flexible. Still, it’s easy to […]

Estate Administration, Estate Tax Planning

Preparing for your COVID-Era Estate Planning Consult

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You know it is important to plan for your future: college for the kids, retirement, and security for your family should anything happen to you. We hear all the time that the whole things seems so overwhelming – and often, people just put it off because it just seems so daunting.  But once you’ve decided […]

Estate Administration, Estate Tax Planning

Financial and Estate Planners: An Important Partnership

Google the phrase “Estate Planning Mistakes” and you’ll see pages of results. Seems like attorneys and financial planners are always telling their clients how to avoid one mistake or another as they put together their estate plan. But in the end, the single biggest mistake you can make is all about what you DON’T do. […]

Estate Administration, Estate Tax Planning, Probate Avoidance

The Number One Estate Planning Mistake

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Understanding how to protect your assets as you age is a critical component of estate planning.  In addition to navigating estate taxes, beneficiaries, and who will be responsible for your medical decisions should you be unable to make them yourself, it is also critically important to look ahead and think about long-term care coverage as […]

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MassHealth Lien Law and Proactive Estate Planning

Protect your home. Understanding MassHealth Lien Law

Feels like summer is just kicking off, but already, we’re seeing back to school displays at Target. For school-aged kids, this means school supplies and backpacks. And for those headed off to college, we’re seeing sales on dorm essentials like bedding, small fridges, and storage bins.  But as you spend the summer planning and anticipating […]


Back to School Essentials: Legal Documents for Young Adults

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While married couples have different priorities than their single counterparts, one thing is certain: anyone – whether they have a family or not – needs to think about estate tax planning. In fact, planning one’s own estate taxes as a single person might be more important than it is for a married couple. Why? As […]

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Do I Need to Think About Estate Tax Planning as a Single Person?

Yachts, ski chalets, chartered jets, trusts: one of these things is not like the others. Contrary to popular belief, establishing a trust isn’t a luxury reserved for the ultra-rich. Yes, trusts are often used by the wealthy to shield assets and pass money from one generation to the next. That’s just one way that trusts […]

Estate Tax Planning

Trusts: Not Just for the Wealthy

Becoming eligible for MassHealth, the Massachusetts version of Medicaid, requires walking a financial tightrope. An applicant with too much money must get rid of it in order to become eligible – but once she’s approved, she may not have enough to cover basic needs, let alone incidentals. For people in that situation, maintaining the financial […]


Is a Pooled Trust the Right Choice for You?

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When it comes to estate planning, most people think of streams of income that are typical, such as current employment, retirement plans, and bank accounts. These obviously need to be included. But, there are other, less obvious types of income that some people forget. When you work with an experienced Massachusetts estate planning attorney, they […]

Estate Tax Planning

Types of Income You May Have Forgotten to Include in Your Will

Adding your child to your bank account seems like common sense so they can help with paying bills. This is convenient, but what people often don’t realize is that the child will have more authority than to just sign checks. Adding your child to your bank account means that they legally own half of the […]

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Thinking of Adding Your Child to Your Bank Account? Just Don’t Do It.