DGVE law Blog

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

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

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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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How Much For a Simple Will?

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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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What is Estate Planning & Do I Need a Will Now?

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“Estate planning” sounds like something that is pretty fancy and only for very wealthy people, but really it is just about how you would wish matters to be handled in the event of your incapacity and after your death. Who would you want to make medical decisions for you if you were unable? In what […]

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18-Year-Olds Need Estate Plans, Too

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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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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: The SECURE Act & How It Affects Retirement and Estate Planning

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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: The SECURE Act & How It Affects Retirement and Estate Planning Today the Senate passed The SECURE Act as part of its grand spending package. The acronym stands for Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement. Now that the bill has passed both the House and the Senate with broad bipartisan support, the […]

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The End of an Era of Mad Men

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

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

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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 I write my own Will?

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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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Like How You Prepare for a Nor'Easter

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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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