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You Can’t Take it With You

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • December, 2022
  • As we come to the holiday season, charitable giving comes to the fore. Do you donate money to charity each year? Perhaps you donate to an organization dedicated to finding a cure for an awful disease. Perhaps you choose to benefit organizations that support and encourage positive growth in our youth…

Dispelling Estate Planning Myths

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • November, 2022
  • In the realm of estate planning, the following myths are rampant. You may have heard, or even believe, them yourself. As it is not possible to make proper decisions with incorrect information, it is important to dispel these myths…

Using Trusts to Reduce Massachusetts Estate Taxes for Married Couples

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • October, 2022
  • Massachusetts has one of the lowest estate tax thresholds in the United States.  If you pass away owning assets worth more than $1,000,000, your estate will likely owe Massachusetts estate tax.  To make matters worse, the Massachusetts estate tax is a cliff tax, which means…

Be Smart About Helping Your Grandchildren With College Expenses

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • September, 2022
  • As a grandparent, you likely take great pride in the success of your grandchildren. While a college degree can play a large part in that success, the cost of college has continued to increase and can be prohibitive for many…

Estate Planning for Your Pet

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • August, 2022
  • Many people view their pets as members of their family.  They go to great lengths to ensure their pets’ comfort, and often shower them with gifts of toys and treats. Surely, they would want to ensure that these pets would be well cared for if they were to pass away…

The Life Estate Deed – One Option for Protecting Your Home

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • July, 2022
  • The most cherished, and often the largest, asset in most families is the family home.  Typically, protecting that home from nursing home costs is a high priority as most families would choose to protect the home rather than sell the home to pay for nursing home care.  Protecting the home may be possible, especially when planning begins early.  This article will address one option for protecting your home…

Things to Know When Your Child is Also Your Caregiver

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • June, 2022
  • It is very common for a child to provide care to an aging parent in order to allow the parent to continue to live at home.  A child is most commonly the caregiver because the parent will not agree to hire professionals to assist with the activities of their daily life…

Veteran’s Benefits: A Primer on Pensions

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • May, 2022
  • As our nation’s veterans grow older, they face increased health and financial challenges. Fortunately, their service in our nation’s military may qualify them for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) to help them overcome these challenges. Elderly veterans may be eligible…

Staying at Home – Considerations for Elders and Their Caregivers

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • April, 2022
  • Many elders fiercely guard their independence. When additional care becomes necessary for them to stay healthy and safe, most prefer to stay in their own home rather than moving to a retirement community, assisted living facility, or even a nursing….

Plan Now For Your Partner’s Sake

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • March, 2022
  • Recently, many committed couples are choosing not to get married, especially if one or both have been previously divorced or widowed.  Although unmarried, these couples present themselves as a married couple.  They live together and…

Recognizing Elder Abuse

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • February, 2022
  • Everyone, regardless of age, deserves to be treated in a way that keeps them safe from physical, emotional, and financial harm. Each year, an estimated 2.1 million seniors in America fall victim to people who abuse…

Taking the Guesswork Out of Choosing an Attorney

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq • January, 2022
  • 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…