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Avoiding mismanagement of inheritances by your grandchildren

By Linda T. Cammuso With the economic challenges families face today, grandparents are increasingly looking to leave an inheritance for their grandchildren — whether to help pay for education, or just to alleviate their children’s financial burdens. You may have thought about leaving something to your grandchildren, but are concerned about how they will use […]

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Vital steps to take after you lose a loved one

By Linda T. Cammuso Losing a loved one is devastating and stressful. From planning burial services and notifying family members and friends, to fulfilling the wishes of your loved one and managing their finances, as well as avoiding family squabbles, the experience can be overwhelming. While the following checklist may not be all-inclusive, it charts […]

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Do you need an elder law attorney?

Linda T. Cammuso With people living longer and the healthcare and financial worlds growing more complicated, it is likely that you or a loved one will someday find yourself in need of an elder law attorney. Like many labels, the term “elder law” is often times used without a proper grasp of its meaning. If […]

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‘I love you wills’: Romantic gesture or disaster?

By Linda T. Cammuso Married couples commonly have simple reciprocal wills that name each other as the beneficiary of the other’s estate. Known as “I love you wills,” this arrangement is a simplistic form of estate planning that results in spouses directly inheriting each other’s assets. You might ask: How else would I structure my […]

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If you have an estate plan: Did you fund It?

By Linda T. Cammuso Trusts are used everyday in estate planning for a variety of reasons that include probate avoidance, gift tax and estate tax planning, protection of beneficiaries including minors, spendthrifts and individuals with special needs and sheltering assets from long-term care/nursing home expenses. Today, more than ever, people understand the need to establish […]

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Medicaid: No time to be penny-wise, pound-foolish

By Linda T. Cammuso We all love to save money, but when it comes to applying for MassHealth (Medicaid) benefits in a nursing home, the wise approach is to use an attorney to help you through the process. Applying for Medicaid is extremely complex — a fact that may not be obvious from a cursory […]

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