How Much For a Simple Will?

By Danielle G. Van Ess | May 28, 2018 | 4 Comments

This is the #1 question we field and also one of the most challenging to answer.    There are very inexpensive Will-drafting software packages for sale in office supply and box stores (about $50), there are relatively inexpensive online Will drafting services (about $100), there are are fresh-out-of-law-school newbies advertising on Craigslist who will draft a […]

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Like How You Prepare for a Nor'Easter

By Danielle G. Van Ess | March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

The 3 Nor’Easters we’ve had in the past 10 days or so here on the South Shore and around the Boston area remind us how important it is to be prepared for whatever life may throw at us. You might fill water bottles, ready flashlights, pile on blankets, stock firewood, or gas up the car, […]

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Harper Lee – Privacy Please

By Danielle G. Van Ess | March 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Harper Lee’s Last Will and Testament unsealed and made public

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Get Organized for Tax Time!

By Danielle G. Van Ess | March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

We’ll help you come out of this tax season feeling relieved and in control instead of confused and disorganized.

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Should I write my own Will?

By Danielle G. Van Ess | November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

The more cynical amongst us would say, by all means, please do your own estate plan! That is my retirement plan with guaranteed future work to untangle the inadvertent messes.I’m still holding onto hope that people will listen to us when we caution you that: there is more to estate planning than “verbiage” it requires […]

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18-Year-Olds Need Estate Plans, Too

By Danielle G. Van Ess | May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every adult needs at least a few basic legal documents to provide for her own medical and financial affairs. Once a person turns 18 years old he becomes a legal adult. This matters from an estate planning perspective because: Parents or legal guardians lose their right of access to information about that young adult. The […]

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Spring Cleaning? Dust Off Your Old Estate Plan With this Checklist

By Danielle G. Van Ess | March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

DGVE law’s March workshop featured a checklist for dusting off your old estate plan.  Here are some details to help you evaluate whether your plan will do what you need, and when.  My legal documents were drafted by a Massachusetts attorney following a review of my family and financial circumstances and a personal consultation with me to clarify my […]

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Should We Have Joint or Individual Revocable Living Trusts as a Married Couple?

By Danielle G. Van Ess | June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Should We Have Joint or Individual Revocable Living Trusts as a Married Couple Estate Planning Together? I’ve been getting this question a lot lately: Why shouldn’t we, as a married couple who have had all joint accounts and joint ownership, just have one joint revocable living trust instead of separate or individual revocable living trusts? […]

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The End of an Era of Mad Men

By Danielle G. Van Ess | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Farewell, Mad Men, you will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.

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“it’s not about what you have, it’s about how much you care"

By Danielle G. Van Ess | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Attorney Danielle G. Van Ess of the family-friendly, Hingham, Massachusetts law firm DGVE law, LLC wants to help you “protect your family, yourself, and your stuff.”™ She explains, “it’s not about what you have, it’s about how much you care. You care about who makes your medical decisions for you. You care who takes care […]

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