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Year End Tax Planning – It’s Not Too Late

  • Gina M. Barry • 2014-12-01
  • 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 …

Recognizing Elder Abuse

  • Gina M. Barry • 2014-11-01
  • All people, regardless of age, deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and in a fashion that keeps them safe from physical, emotional and financial harm. Each year an estimated …

A Will or a Trust – Which Estate Plan is Right For You?

  • Gina M. Barry • 2014-10-01
  • One of the most common decisions you will face when establishing an estate plan is whether to create a Will or a Revocable Trust. Both Wills and Revocable Trusts are …

Estate Planning in the Digital Age

  • Todd C. Ratner • 2014-09-01
  • 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 …

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 …