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Legally Protect & Financially Provide for Your Child With Special Needs

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  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

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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…

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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

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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?"

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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"

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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"

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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

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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?

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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

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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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