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November 19, 2018 Office News

We heard recently “Oh, I did a will….twenty years ago.” The good news is they thought ahead – the bad news is enough has probably happened so that the will needs updating. Someone who’s a retired attorney is calling in this week with that exact situation. People have so many preconceived ideas – I don’t

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November 7, 2018 Office News

In an effort to network our doing probate administration, wills and trusts and estate planning, we have connected to a number of attorneys with other specialties (personal injury, bankruptcy, worker’s comp, etc.), providing them cases in exchange for their referring their probate matters. CALL US if you need legal help. We can help you choose

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November 6, 2018 Office News

Another Office Facebook and personal post for Kathy. Kathy recently attended a seminar and distributed where a number of articles showing instances of where a lack of a will creates chaos, uncertainty and potential expensive legal hassles for various celebrities and known individuals. Our office has seen this same situation in less celebrated instances-throughout Walpole,

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November 5, 2018 Office News

An important note on guardianship. Well-established Massachusetts case law makes clear that a parent, biological or adoptive, is presumed “fit” to care for his or her child. Absent a showing of “unfitness,” a parent will prevail in a custody dispute over a non-parent. Whether a proceeding is to remove custody of children from parents or

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November 2, 2018 Office News

Can’t let a week go by without preaching the need to BE PREPARED. Kathy recently attended a seminar put on by a competing attorney and was given handouts of the various celebrities who died without wills and the fights and chaos that followed. For the sake of your family, if 50 or over, TAKE THE

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November 1, 2018 Office News

While we’re deviating a bit from the normal probate administration, wills and trusts and estate planning, a word about divorce. Divorce is, for many, truly gut wrenching. Listed by some psychologists as the most stressful situation next to losing a child. It’s a legal proceeding, but emotions run wild over it. RARELY do you see

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October 31, 2018 Office News

“The fool scoffs and rages in court and there’s no peace!” True when Solomon wrote that centuries ago. True today. Practicing law involves helping people get through the anxiety of the aftermath of being with, or doing things with, a fool-someone who delights in airing his own opinion, won’t listen, won’t think ahead, thinks that

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October 30, 2018 Office News

Recently the office has been asked to get involved in a few guardianship contests. It’s things like these that rip your guts out, seeing the breakdown of families, the heavy cost of addiction, the fight, spite and agendas of people with children caught in the middle. Cases like these would bring the most vocal agnostic

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October 17, 2018 Office News

Once again we’re finding that NO ONE seems to understand how important it is to have a will – PARTICULARLY if you own any real estate. The cost of a will is more than offset by the cost to you of getting a license to sell, which you need to sell the property, even to

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October 16, 2018 Office News

Some lawyers you hear say practicing law would be great if you don’t have to deal with clients. Others say it would be great if you didn’t have to deal with lawyers. This office accepts the challenge of the fact that lawyers are what they are. We just don’t want to be like them. We

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