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Things Not to Include in a Will: Documents Have Limitations, and Some Language Is Not Suitable

  • Hyman G. Darling and Todd C. Ratner • 2014-07-22
  • A will is an essential estate planning document that everyone should have. If drafted properly, your will serves important purposes such as nominating a personal representative to administer your estate ...

Financing Your Business: Look Beyond Interest Rates and Consider the Global Picture

  • Gary G. Breton • 2014-07-21
  • Obtaining commercial business financing from any financial institution can be complicated. It requires substantial consideration of a variety of factors. A business lender will, in virtually all instances, propose terms ...

Qualifying for Medicaid: What Families Need to Know About What Dictates Eligibility

  • Lisa L. Halbert • 2014-07-01
  • One of the greatest assets that attorneys experienced with elder and estate planning, as well as asset protection planning (sometimes referred to as Medicaid planning), can offer to clients is ...

Taking the Guesswork Out of Choosing an Attorney

  • Gina M. Barry • 2014-07-01
  • Choosing an attorney to represent you in any legal matter can be an especially daunting task.  Should you rely on advertising you might have seen in the local media or ...

Tipping Point: Restaurateurs Must Take Steps to Avoid Costly Penalties

  • Mark A. Tanner • 2014-06-16
  • It is impossible to order a cup of coffee or sandwich without being confronted by a ubiquitous jar labeled “tips for tuition,” “tipping isn’t just for cows,” or some such ...

Protecting Assets from Nursing Home Costs with an Irrevocable Trust

  • Gina M. Barry • 2014-06-01
  • When it comes to protecting assets from nursing home costs, many believe that the solution is to place those assets in a trust. In some circumstances, establishing an irrevocable trust, ...

Don’t Fall into Common Traps: An Employer’s Obligations to Sick and Disabled Employees

  • Kathryn S. Crouss • 2014-05-05
  • Even the most well-intentioned employers can potentially expose themselves to liability if they are not well versed in the benefits afforded to their sick or disabled employees under state and ...

Restoring Veterans’ Benefits: Proposed Federal Legislation Could Bring Financial Changes

  • Hyman G. Darling • 2014-04-01
  • Despite the high number of veterans with disabilities separating from service, the military is still one of the largest employers in the United States. Although the number of new veterans ...

The Life Estate Deed – one option for protecting your home

  • Gina M. Barry • 2014-04-01
  • The most cherished asset in most families is the family home. In many cases, the family home is also the largest asset. Typically, protecting that home from nursing home costs ...

It’s That Time of Year Again: Careful Review, Renegotiation of Your Child’s IEP Is Critical

  • Melissa R. Gillis • 2014-03-01
  • At this time of year, parents with children who have Individualized Education Programs, commonly known as an “IEP”, should start thinking about a few things. Not only is it time ...

Good Grief

  • Gina M. Barry • 2014-03-01
  • Imagine that today you passed away. Your loved ones would be devastated, but would, nonetheless, be called upon to tend to your final affairs – arranging your funeral, managing your ...

Estate Planning in the Digital Age: Make Sure Your Heirs Can Access Your Online Information

  • Todd C. Ratner • 2014-02-10
  • As a society, we have become more reliant on the internet as a mechanism to keep in touch with family members and friends, share photographs, pay bills, and store other ...

For the Love of Your Partner . . . Plan Now

  • Gina M. Barry • 2014-02-01
  • Presently, many committed couples are choosing not to get married, especially when they have been married in the past and they were divorced or their spouse passed away. Although these ...

Know the Rules: What You Need To Know About Medical Records in Massachusetts

  • Michael B. Katz • 2014-01-01
  • Many physicians and medical practices are failing to properly handle the release and storage of medical records, and this may needlessly subject them to legal action and penalties. This article ...

‘Tis the Season . . . to Review Your Estate Plan: A New Year’s Resolution That’s Easy to Keep

  • Gina M. Barry • 2014-01-01
  • It’s time to make your New Year’s resolutions! Most resolutions are so cumbersome, they are impossible to keep. A simple resolution to make and keep is to review your estate ...