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Death with Dignity – Should a Patient Be Entitled to Exercise a Right to Die?

  • Colleen A. Monroe • 2015-07-01
  • Controversy surrounding an individual’s right to end his or her own life dates back through the ages. In ancient Greece and Rome, suicide was a relatively common occurrence, though particular …

HealthCare Law – Marijuana Use in Elder Facilities – Individuals are Caught Between a State and a Federal Place

  • Valerie Vignaux • 2015-06-01
  • Imagine your aunt Sarah, 84 years old, three-year resident of an assisted-living facility in a small Massachusetts city. She is thriving there, making friends, and actively participating in organized activities. …

You can’t take it with you – charity and your estate

  • Gina M. Barry • 2015-06-01
  • 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 Art of Conveyancing

  • Thomas R. Reidy • 2015-05-20
  • The approach of spring almost always means a surge of business in our local real estate market. Warmer weather and longer days on the horizon, coupled with the Federal Reserve’s …

Progress Comes Marginally – Paternity Leave Becomes Law in Bay State; Hold the Applause

  • Valerie Vignaux • 2015-05-01
  • Massachusetts has officially recognized the importance of paternity leave. On April 7, the Bay State updated its Maternity Leave Act (MMLA), expanding it to include time off for fathers. The …

Keeping the court out of your personal decisions

  • Gina M. Barry • 2015-05-01
  • Each year, numerous petitions are filed with the court seeking the appointment of a guardian and/or conservator to make decisions for a person who has lost their ability to make …

Why every woman needs an estate plan

  • Gina M. Barry • 2015-04-01
  • When it comes to estate planning, women face a unique set of challenges. Statistically, a married woman is most likely going to outlive her husband. The average age of a …

Protecting Assets from Nursing Home Costs

  • Gina M. Barry • 2015-02-01
  • Long term care costs can deplete your assets at an alarming rate. Many people will enter a nursing home during their lifetime where they will incur the average monthly cost …

What is the Best Approach to Financial Planning?

  • Bruce M. Fogel • 2015-01-23
  • If your answer to the headline question is that there is no single “BEST” approach to financial planning, I would say you are right. Any approach at all, however, is …

Resolve Now to Review Your Estate Plan in 2015

  • Gina M. Barry • 2015-01-01
  • 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 …