Warning: This article is very long. It feels weird to write a post in favor of taxes, but hear me out. After my last post about ways to avoid the estate tax, some friends indicated that the estate tax should be abolished altogether. While I’m no fan of taxes, they are a certainty of life,
Aaron Hernandez needs some serious legal help, but not from a criminal lawyer, from an estate planner. It’s become increasingly clear that Hernandez is guilty of at least one murder, possibly more. Although he’s got an experienced and high priced legal defense team, odds are that he’s going to jail for the rest of his
I’m proud to announce that I’ve just launched a major redesign of the official website of the Law Office of David E. Peterson. The website is the product of countless hours of work. I’d especially like to thank my wife, Dan Peterson, for her design prowess, and my longtime friend, Jill Currier for her scrupulous
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and across America families will gather for food and fellowship in the spirit of gratitude for the many blessings bestowed upon us. This year, I have a lot to be thankful for. My beautiful wife Dan and I have been married for almost two years. Our baby boy, Timothy, was born last
Please check out my article on Massachusetts Homesteads in the Local Voices section of the Danvers Patch.com website. The Massachusetts Homestead: A Cheap and Easy Way to Protect Your Home Filing a Declaration of Homestead can protect your Massachusetts home from judgment creditors and lawsuits.
A rather specific question was posed to me in the comments of another post, so I’ll address it here. The question posed was: “If a 62 year old widow remarries, and designates his emancipated children as beneficiaries of his 401(k), does he need his new wife’s endorsement to make the beneficiary designations stick? Also, are
Hello everyone. This is the first post to my new blog: Musings of a Massachusetts Estate Attorney. I’m excited about the opportunity to muse in writing, and I’m excited that you’re reading this. Of course the majority of posts to this blog will be about estate planning, probate, corporate law, guardianship, conservatorship, prenuptial agreements, and