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Apr 11, 2018 Office News

Even your dentist needs to be made aware. Today an associate dentist, under 40, was asking about the need for a will. Here it is her husband is a financial planner, and you wonder what the personal family financial plan is. This woman even confirmed the “natural superstition” that once you make a will, something

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Apr 12, 2018 Office News

Recently a husband and wife executed documents. The key was that they had a daughter who was honest, capable and willing – to be the health care proxy for her dad, and power of attorney for BOTH, seeing as how wife is in decline. Normally you take over for spouse if something happens. You may

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Apr 10, 2018 Office News

People need to be aware that the probate laws changed drastically with the implementation of the Uniform Probate Code in 2012. People come in with estates that were processed 25 years ago, and there are now issues that need be resolved, e.g., whether a deed from the old estate is necessary to transfer ownership. Just

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Apr 5, 2018 Office News

One sad aspect of practicing in today’s world is that the system itself has broken down. Petitions for guardianship or adoption are held up for weeks because papers sit undocketed, and appointments delayed; notices of objection are in the Registrar’s Office, weeks after the due date with people petitioning for relief waiting and waiting to

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Apr 4, 2018 Office News

Sometimes you have to tell a prospective client that they can’t get what they’d like. You have to be inventive. You can’t just deed over property to minors, or use what everyone thinks is the magic solution – a trust. People want to put property in trust, but forget that this means you don’t own

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Apr 3, 2018 Office News

People have come to the office looking to set up property for their children who, when coming for consultation, you find out they are likely to be pursuing divorce within the foreseeable future. A divorce invalidates a will created prior to divorce. Property obtained while married could be subject to division. Care must be taken

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Mar 22, 2018 Office News

The probate lawyer has to know how to handle various bureaucracies; whether it’s the Economic Recovery Unit of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the clerk’s office of the county involved, or the Bureau of Vital Statistics, etc. There is a labyrinth, a maze, that must be gotten through in the probate, in estate, (e.g. getting EIN

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Mar 21, 2018 Office News

In line with the persons post, it’s informative to share that the creation of instruments (wills, POA, etc.) are items that can be quoted on a flat rate. Hours don’t have to be kept track of. In firms, suburban and certainly urban, everything operates on billable hours. The office, as the video on the website

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Mar 20, 2018 Office News

It is very interesting that several of my clients have tried it themselves by going to Legal Zoom-type sites to pay money to try to draft wills or other instruments for themselves. It is enlightening to find that in all the cases where people did that, their money was not well spent, the documents flawed,

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Mar 16, 2018 Office News

Have a will? Maybe you’re like that client who did, but the lawyer erred in putting the wrong date on the notarial portion. It required two extra trips to the clerk’s office, filing a motion, and a tremendous amount of extra time, grief, etc. CALL FOR THE FREE CONSULTATION. If nothing else, we can review

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