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7 Long Term Care Considerations

7 Long Term Care Considerations

A point of discussion we often have with our clients concerns the issue of long term care.  On most days, we receive questions such as, “How do I protect my assets?” and “How do I make sure that I get the care I need as I age?”.   Thinking about long-term care costs is a wise...
Adding a Property to a Revocable Trust

Adding a Property to a Revocable Trust

We are often asked by clients who have a revocable trust, whether they can put their property into that trust, and the answer is usually yes. What if there is a mortgage? Even if that property has a loan against it, you can transfer ownership of the property into a revocable trust of which you...
Don’t Sign Another Health Care Proxy!

Don’t Sign Another Health Care Proxy!

A healthcare proxy document is a document that you sign appointing someone else to step into your shoes should you need healthcare decisions made when you’re incompetent or incapacitated. Clients will often ask: What happens when I go into my doctor’s office or go in for to the hospital for a procedure and they want...
Assisted Living Resident Agreements:  Key Points to Know Before You Sign

Assisted Living Resident Agreements: Key Points to Know Before You Sign

Like change of any kind, moving into a new community can be both exciting and overwhelming.  Whether you are dealing with the emotion of leaving a community that you have lived in for a long time, or experiencing changes in your health, moving to a new community can be difficult but provide incredible benefits.  One...
7 Reasons Every Adult Needs Health Care Directives

7 Reasons Every Adult Needs Health Care Directives

Health care planning, such as the creation of a health care proxy here in Massachusetts, is critical for anyone over the age of 18, not just older adults. Here are some reasons why health care planning is important at every stage of life: 1. Preventative Care Health care planning allows individuals to prioritize preventative care...
Massachusetts Probate Law: Do my assets have to go through Probate?

Massachusetts Probate Law: Do my assets have to go through Probate?

You have probably heard from friends or relatives who’ve gone through it.  Probate is a time-consuming, expensive, and very public process. Not to mention it can sometimes be unpleasant. Anyone, especially your children’s ex-spouses and creditors, can see many private things about you, such as personal information, your finances, including your debts, the value of...
Can You Name More Than One Trustee?

Can You Name More Than One Trustee?

A question we receive frequently is “Can I name more than one person to serve as a co-trustee of my trust?” The answer is yes, you can, but it may cause some complications. There are a couple of things for you to consider: Financial institutions. A trustee’s job is to manage and distribute assets based...
Do Changes to the Massachusetts Estate Tax Mean Changes to My Estate Plan?

Do Changes to the Massachusetts Estate Tax Mean Changes to My Estate Plan?

The estate tax applies to the estates of individuals who passed away with a taxable estate exceeding a certain threshold. In August, Massachusetts increased its estate tax “threshold” to $2,000,000 for the estates of all decedents who died on or after January 1, 2023. This doubles the estate tax exemption (from $1,000,000) that had been...
How to Choose a Trustee

For many people, a trust is an integral part of a thorough and effective estate plan. Whether it is designed to avoid probate, reduce estate taxes, or protect assets, it is important that a trust is administered as instructed in the trust document to ensure that it serves its purpose. Therefore, one of the most...

Don’t Let the Nursing Home Take Your Stimulus Check!

The Office of Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts has issued an informational advisory to all residents of nursing home facilities (also known as long-term care facilities) and their family members.  They want everyone to know that the recent Stimulus payments, also known as economic impact payment made under the CARES Act, are property to the...

Musings from a Reformed Hugger

How Coronavirus has changed the way we say “hello” I’m a hugger, there is just no getting around it.  When I meet someone I know, my first inclination is to give them a hug.  It’s my way of saying how happy I am to see the person and to convey the message that they are...

Dear Generations Law Group: Should I Be Updating My Estate Plan?

Dear Generations Law Group, I’ve been updating my Naughty and Nice List and checking it twice. This got me to wondering, “Should I be updating my Estate Plan too?” Yours Truly, Kris Kringle Dear Mr. Kringle, Thank you for your letter and question! You started off on the right path by creating an estate plan....

New Mass SJC Ruling Affects Inheritance Rights of Families

Recently, the Boston Globe reported that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down a major ruling affecting the future inheritance rights of families, and in this case specifically, blended families.  In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that spouses are entitled to one-third of their deceased spouses’ estate – effectively cancelling out the late spouse’s...

Beneficiary Designations – Proceed with Caution

Whenever we purchase a life insurance policy, open a mutual fund, or enroll in a company retirement plan, we are usually asked to designate a beneficiary. After naming these individuals, we never give it much thought again. Maybe you’ve named your spouse, one of your parents or your children. After your death, these assets are...