DGVE law Blog

"How much does a simple will cost?"

By Danielle G. Van Ess | October 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

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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Why It Took Me 3 Years to "Do Our Wills"

By Danielle G. Van Ess | September 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

I am honored to have authored a guest blog post for Boston Baby Mama & I invite you to read it over there now:  http://www.bostonbabymama.com  I’ve also copied it below here.  Part I:  The Moment It Occurred To Me That I Was Going To Be A Parent I was about 4 months pregnant and flying […]

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"Things My Clients Taught Me"

By Danielle G. Van Ess | August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, my friend and colleague, Candice Aiston, wrote a post over on her blog entitled “Things My Clients Taught Me.”   Candice and I have very similar practice styles and we both approach our work and our clients with deep empathy and compassion.  I enjoy my estate planning work because my clients trust me with their […]

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5 Key Differences Between Testamentary & Revocable Living Trusts

By Danielle G. Van Ess | June 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

There are some very important differences between testamentary trusts and living trusts that will remain even after the newly-enacted Uniform Probate Code’s relevant provisions take effect here in Massachusetts next summer. 1.    If time is money, then having to wait for your money is a waste of it.  Putting a will and testatmentary trust through […]

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What Happens to My Child's 529 College Savings Plan If I Die?

By Danielle G. Van Ess | April 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

You and your spouse want to provide as much as possible towards your child’s future college education.  So you did the responsible thing years ago and started a 529 college savings plan.  But what happens if you and your spouse die while your child is still a minor?  Well, your estate will become the owner […]

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DGVE law's Estate Planning DOs & DON'Ts

By Danielle G. Van Ess | April 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

I recently read this article from the Financial Tuneup section of the New York Times.  While it makes some very important points, there are also some pieces of advice with which I take strong exception. In response, here is DGVE law’s very own list of estate planning DOs and DON’Ts for you: DO make sure […]

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"I don't want the kids to live with your mother; she's awful!"

By Danielle G. Van Ess | March 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Have you seen trailers for the new Tina Fey & Steve Carrel movie “Date Night?” We saw one the other night and I laughed out loud when, as they’re being chased and fearing for their lives, she thinks to yell out to him, “I don’t want the kids to live with your mother; she’s awful!” […]

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“You've gotta ask yourself a question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’”

By Danielle G. Van Ess | February 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

No doubt about it, it’s been another rough year for most of us financially. And as we gather our tax forms and anxiously look forward to refunds, we are understanding the appeal of the present value of money. It feels better to have the money now, in our accounts, than to think of it stashed […]

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What's in your glove compartment?

By Danielle G. Van Ess | January 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

This guest blog post is by my colleague and friend, Michele Allinote, a lawyer in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada: Last Wednesday night, my husband had picked up our children so I was enjoying a rare quiet drive home by myself when I noticed a police cruiser following me. I made a mental note not to pull […]

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What's on Your To Do List?

By Danielle G. Van Ess | November 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

I read this quote today and it really struck me: “At the center of our being there really are things we have a huge desire to do or accomplish. We keep putting those things off because we live in a frenetic, busy world and tend to spend most of our time reacting to the demands […]

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