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We help Massachusetts families prepare for and respond to the legalities of the inevitable. Whether it's setting up wills and trusts, settling an estate in Probate Court, or anything in between, we're there for you.

The Political Side of Estate Planning

In honor of election day, I thought I’d write a quick post about the impact of politics on estate planning. One consideration in crafting estate plans for clients is how the federal and Massachusetts estate taxes will impact the legacies that they leave to their families. Currently, a federal estate tax is levied on decedents

Caregiver Contracts – New Article on Patch.com

Please check out my article on Caregiver Contracts in the Local Voices section of the Danvers Patch.com website. The Caregiver Contract: A Method for Keeping an Elder’s Life Savings in the Family For children who care for elderly parents, establishing a Caregiver Contract could ensure that the elder’s life savings remain in the family, instead

Estate Planning for Young Families – New Article on Patch.com

Please check out my article on estate planning for families with young children in the Local Voices section of the Danvers Patch.com website. Estate Planning Has Added Importance for Families With Young Children Proper estate planning allows parents to protect and provide for their children, even in tragic circumstances.

Trusts for Children: Some Basic Considerations

When estate planners bring up the topic of Trusts with clients, we’re met with a variety of reactions. Often, clients have preconceived notions that trusts are only for the very wealthy, or that they’re extremely complex. Fortunately, once we dispel these myths, we’re able to move on to a discussion of the benefits of trusts