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9/11 – 20 Years Ago Tomorrow, somehow feels like just yesterday & a lifetime ago

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On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, my husband and I woke up before dawn in Rome, Italy to fly home through NYC to Washington, D.C., where we were living at that time. He snapped this picture of me as we were leaving for the airport. Around 11:00 am Eastern time, somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, we watched on […]

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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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Google – How to Set Up Inactive Account Manager

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Did you know that when someone dies that person’s social media accounts remain active until a family member memorializes, deactivates, or deletes the accounts? DGVE law is pleased to provide you with this practical, step-by-step guide on how to handle your Google account & prepare for the future. (Download print version) Google Account:   Go […]

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How to Manage Social Media Accounts in Case of Death – Facebook & Instagram

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Did you know that when someone dies that person’s social media accounts remain active until a family member memorializes, deactivates, or deletes the accounts? DGVE law is pleased to provide you with this practical, step-by-step guide on how to handle your loved ones’ social media accounts. ( Download print version.) Facebook: How to add your […]

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“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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