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September 24, 2018 Office News

Recently Kathy attended a planning meeting in her town to discuss an upcoming charity event. During the break one woman spoke about not having planned for her father’s death and how much it cost for the funeral and burial expenses. She said that children shouldn’t bear the brunt of their parents expenses when they pass

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September 14, 2018 Office News

Parties reach agreement, filed with Court and approved. Made a final judgement. In July. Less than 3 months later, Mother admits in texts she can’t be bothered to cash a money order, so an action she brought last year gets put on docket in court by DOR. No wonder the court system is clogged. No

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September 13, 2018 Office News

The same personal dynamic of spite applies to wills and trusts. The daughter, made trustee by default, has problems with a sister, so distribution is delayed. The trust instrument is used as a shield to allow someone to hold on to funds for minors, instead of distributing to their parents on their behalf and other

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September 12, 2018 Office News

The previous post is the culmination of a series of aggravations suffered recently regarding child custody/visitation problems. It seems people want to use children and time spent with them as weapons. If you don’t apologize about something, or jump through the hoops set up by someone, then visits are withheld, schedules unilaterally changed, the whole

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September 11, 2018 Office News

The more time passes, the more you see that behind every legal problem is a personal problem and behind every personal problem a spiritual problem. Whether it’s the woman in a paternity case who is acting out not complying with agreement for judgement she signed, or the siblings fighting each other over the estate of

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September 8, 2018 Office News

Even famous people like Aretha Franklin wait until it’s too late to draft a will. Please heed the advice, be prepared….don’t wait to get your affairs in order as it may be too late. You can’t take it with you.

September 7, 2018 Office News

A power of attorney can be a most vital item. For the client who is 82, fading, fighting the effects of a stroke, estranged from his family, who, but for my assistant having power of attorney to intercede with Mass Health, Social Security, his bank, etc., he’d be screwed. Or the welder who got into

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September 6, 2018 Office News

It’s an interesting experience to have someone call to ask for help in probating the estate of someone who you had drafted their will. You prove to yourself the skills and abilities you claim, because the client sees first-hand how, in the will drafted, you made provisions that spared them heartaches and costs (e.g. eliminating

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September 5, 2018 Office News

Going to a funeral, for many, is a sobering experience. For others, a chance to have a few drinks with the family the when you get together after the visit to the grave. For a chosen few, a moment to reflect on the fact that people are dead a lot longer than they are alive.

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September 4, 2018 Office News

The baby boomers are greying, dying. It’s our time. And like the self-centered, ME generation people we became, we’re not interested in getting adult and putting our affairs in order; we watch PBS programs to learn how to live longer – it’s still all about us. I’d get rich if I had 2 bucks for

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