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Time for "The Talk"

By Danielle G. Van Ess | February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Time for “The Talk   The idea of confronting our parents’ mortality is indeed difficult, but this is a conversation (or series of conversations) that is crucial to you and your family’s well-being.  We are so used to being cared for by our parents that the transition to becoming their caregiver often sneaks up on […]

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Should I Designate My Children's Guardian As Beneficiary of My Life Insurance Policy?

By Danielle G. Van Ess | July 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Back, back & I’m glad I’m back!  [Sorry, I’ve had that sung to the tune of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones “He’s Back” in my head for days now.]  I’ve badly neglected my blog the past couple months while I’ve been busy with myriad other things competing for my attention.  And while I’ve drafted several great […]

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Legacy Building Through Estate & Income Tax Planning

By Danielle G. Van Ess | November 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

First and foremost let us observe that there are legally permissible strategies that enable us all, if we so choose, to reduce the amount of taxes we owe to our state and/or federal government.  As with all other laws, the tax code is a highly politically-charged creation and subject to frequent and widespread changes.  Depending […]

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Where There's a Will

By Danielle G. Van Ess | August 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

The following is a great post by another attorney-mama who blogs regularly over at “Don’t Mind the Mess where this originally appeared.”   Here Jess wears both her lawyering and parenting hats and shares her recent experience of seeking and obtaining priceless peace of mind by completing her family’s estate plan.  Feel free to congratulate […]

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Frequently Heard Statements About Your Wills & Trusts

By Danielle G. Van Ess | May 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

All  I have to do is respond to a question about what type of law I practice and I am generally met with one of the reply statements that follow.  If I had a dollar for each time I’ve heard one of these statements, I would close up shop here at DGVE law for a […]

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Legally Protect & Financially Provide for Your Child With Special Needs

By Danielle G. Van Ess | April 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

  Estate planning is the process by which parents can legally protect their children by naming guardians to care for them both in the immediate aftermath of an accident or tragedy and permanently.  By creating a comprehensive estate plan you can document and provide guidance for the guardians and caregivers of your children.  You can […]

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Moms' Secrets to a Truly Relaxing Vacation

By Danielle G. Van Ess | February 10, 2011 | 8 Comments

Based on individual and collective personal experience, the following are some moms’ secrets to a truly relaxing vacation (and yes I realize these are internally contradictory, such is the nature of the thing!).  Please add your secrets in the comments below. recognize the distinctions between: family visits, family trips, and vacations leave your children behind […]

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Life Is What Happens To You While You're Busy…

By Danielle G. Van Ess | January 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

John Lennon said it best.  Here we are just trying to survive the daily grind while we enjoy every other minute of it and dream of the future (all at the same time).  How many of you are reading this on the laptop on your kitchen counter with children crawling underfoot or running around you?  […]

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Falling Trees & Other Reasons to Plan for Your Incapacity

By Danielle G. Van Ess | November 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

This morning started not unlike most other manic Mondays, except instead of the alarm, it was the almost 6-year-old waking us up to tell us she needed to use our bathroom so as not to wake her still-sleeping sisters, cruelly followed by the first commuter rail train.  Weekday game time!  But then, just as I […]

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"How much does a simple will cost?"

By Danielle G. Van Ess | October 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

I originally wrote and posted this in August of 2009 but it somehow disappeared from my blog!  As a colleague recently reproduced and linked to it, I thought I should update and republish it as the song remains the same. “How Much Does A Simple Will Cost?” This is the #1 question for most estate […]

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