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It’s not too late to slash your tax bill

  • Gina M. Barry • 2017-12-01
  • The holiday season has begun. As you sit down for your holiday dinner, remember that soon Uncle Sam will be visiting you to enjoy his share of your bounty. Despite the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the savvy taxpayer will make room in their overstuffed holiday calendar to complete year end tax planning. ...

Givers gain—charity and your taxes

  • Gina M. Barry • 2017-11-01
  • With tax season quickly approaching, could you use a break on your federal income tax return? The holidays are a common time to give, but you may think that giving is just not in your budget this year....

The Life Estate Deed—one home protection option

  • Gina M. Barry • 2017-10-01
  • 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 is a high priority concern as most families would choose to protect the home instead of selling the home to pay for nursing hme care...

The truth about the ‘gift tax’

  • Gina M. Barry • 2017-09-01
  • 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, protecting assets from potential nursing home costs, or reducing an estate for estate tax purposes. Gifts are often made...

Four steps to choosing an attorney

  • Gina M. Barry • 2017-08-01
  • 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 is there a better way to ensure that the attorney you choose is right for you and your particular legal matter? To make the best choice, many factors should be considered. ...