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Steps to Successful Remodeling: How to Protect Yourself from Unsavory Contractors

  • Adam J. Basch • 2010-12-06
  • Do to the current economic climate, more and more people are deciding to renovate their existing home, as opposed to purchase a new one. These renovations can be big or ...

Do You Need a Trust? - Perhaps to Your Surprise, the Answer Is Probably 'Yes'

  • Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley • 2010-12-01
  • Clients often ask why they need a trust and not just a traditional last will and testament. Many are single, have only a young child or no assets. Most people ...

Plan Now to Avoid Paying Nursing Home Costs

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-12-01
  • You have spent the majority of your life working and building your nest egg so that your retirement will be well funded. Unfortunately, retirement comes at a time when the ...

Avoiding Caregiver Stress

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-11-01
  • "I'm so stressed out!" Certainly, all of us have made this proclamation. Take a moment now to think of how you felt at that time, and you will get a ...

Demystifying Death: Steps to Take from the Funeral Home Right Through to Probate

  • Todd C. Ratner • 2010-10-11
  • Coping with the death of a loved one is difficult. Since family members and friends will be experiencing a time of emotional strain, it is important for those involved with ...

Ethical Wills: Bequeathing Life's Lessons, Dreams, and Hopes

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-10-11
  • There is richness to your life that cannot be measured in dollars and cents but should be shared with future generations. In fact, some would argue that your emotional wealth ...

Life Insurance on a Child with Special Needs: Benefits and Challenges

  • Hyman G. Darling • 2010-10-01
  • Parents with a special needs child often insure themselves to provide for their child when they have died. A more complicated issue is whether the parents should consider purchasing life ...

Plan Now to Protect Your Pets Later

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-10-01
  • Some consider their pets to be members of their family. Others have made a career out of breeding, raising and/or sheltering animals. When animal owners pass away, if they have ...

Employers, Take Notice: Changes in Federal and State Laws, Regulations Bear Watching

  • Kevin V. Maltby • 2010-09-21
  • Issues in employment law continue to evolve in the year 2010. Both Massachusetts and Federal law continue to evolve, making it difficult for employers to keep pace with new laws ...

Estate Planning Myths Explained

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-09-01
  • Certain ideas with respect to estate planning are widely accepted, yet unfortunately, inaccurate. This article will reveal and explain the most commonly stated estate planning myths.Myth #1 - "If I ...

The Sunset Provision of Estate Taxes: How Much Tax Will Be Owed by the Survivors of Those Who Die in 2010?

  • Hyman G. Darling • 2010-08-01
  • Although most people involved in the estate-planning industry predicted that the government would change the estate-tax laws before Dec. 31, 2009, that has not yet happened. This was in anticipation ...

You Can't Take it With You . . . Consider Charity in Your Final Plans

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-08-01
  • Do you donate money to charity each year? Perhaps you donate to an organization dedicated to finding a cure for an awful disease that has affected your life or the ...

The Perils of Sexting: Take Steps Now to Prevent Your Teen from Crossing a Major Legal Line

  • Kevin V. Maltby • 2010-07-19
  • Each generation of parents raising children faces challenges that the prior generation did not have to deal with. Today, one of the largest hurdles for parents revolves around use of ...

Special-education Assessment and the IEP - A Chance for You to Advocate for Your Child

  • Melissa R. Gillis • 2010-07-10
  • It is universally recognized that a child's first five years of life are the most important in his or her overall development. As such, having your child assessed for special ...

Consider the Basics Before Contesting a Will

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-07-01
  • Imagine that you've just received the terrible news that your mother, who was an elderly widow, has passed away. After taking care of all of the funeral arrangements with your ...

Caregiver Stress: It's Real, and Its Impact Can Be Severe; How to Avoid the Epidemic

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-06-07
  • 'I'm so stressed out!' 'I just can't take it anymore!' Certainly, almost all of us have made one, or both, of these proclamations in response to any number of events ...

Health Care Proxies and Durable Powers of Attorney: Most People Fail to Plan for the Threat of Incapacity Despite Real Need

  • Todd C. Ratner • 2010-06-01
  • If you have a loved one that has been diagnosed with dementia or another disabling health condition, it is common to feel overwhelmed by the many legal, medical and financial ...

Do You Need a Trust?

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-06-01
  • Many people believe that it is best to establish a Revocable Trust, also known as a Living Trust, in order to simplify their estate upon their passing. Although trusts can ...

Considerations for Collectors

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-05-01
  • Spring has sprung, and many of us have begun our spring cleaning. As we clean, we often find ourselves clearing the dust off of our collections. Some items we collect ...

Life Insurance and Children with a Disability

  • Hyman G. Darling • 2010-04-01
  • Historically many people, especially the older generation, purchased life insurance policies on their new-born children. The parent would be the owner and beneficiary of the policy. Many of these policies ...

Long-term Care Insurance - How to Protect Your Nest Egg and Provide for Your Care

  • Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley • 2010-04-01
  • Americans are largely independent folks who could not imagine a future where their independence is compromised because they require long term care as a result of prolonged illness or disability. ...

Establish an Estate Plan Before Your Trip

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-04-01
  • The weather is finally getting nice. Are you, like many others, planning a trip? Perhaps you will visit some far away place or you will visit family or friends. When ...

In Sickness and in Health - Long-term Care Costs Force Tough Choices

  • Joseph Bednar • 2010-03-29
  • Roberta and Alex had been married almost 40 years and looked forward to retiring - he was a college professor; she worked in communications - when Alex was diagnosed with ...

Borderline Tax and Estate Planning: Know the Rules - and the Numbers - Before Making Your Move

  • Hyman G. Darling • 2010-03-15
  • While much of the discussion in the past year has regarded the changes in the federal estate-tax laws, it is important to also consider issues regarding the differences in tax ...

The Truth About Gift Tax

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-03-01
  • One of the most common areas of confusion with respect to estate planning is gift tax. Gifts are made for a myriad of purposes, including celebrating occasions, helping a child ...

Cases in Point - 2009 Disability and Discrimination Lawsuits Provide Powerful Lessons

  • Kevin V. Maltby • 2010-02-01
  • The close of 2009 has brought about several developments in employment law that have had an impact on claims involving disability and sex discrimination under Massachusetts law and federal law. ...

Elderly Drivers: an Age-old Problem - How To Tell Your Loved One That It's Time to Hand Over the Keys

  • Todd C. Ratner • 2010-02-01
  • Do you remember the day that you received your driver's license? Most people experienced a rush of excitement and a sense of freedom that they can clearly recall many years ...

For the Love of Your Partner . . . Plan Now

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-02-01
  • Times have changed, and many committed couples are now choosing to delay marriage, sometimes indefinitely. Although they are not married, they present themselves as a married couple would. They live ...

A Whole New World - Navigating the Uniform Probate Code

  • Gina M. Barry • 2010-01-01
  • Imagine that your spouse or parent is in an accident or develops an illness that renders them incapacitated. Certainly, you would be dealing with worry and fear due to their ...