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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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Real estate developers offer choices to baby boomers

By Margot B. Birke The baby boomers are coming and real estate developers and health care providers are rushing to fill the desires and needs of this fiercely independent generation accustomed to choice. The increased value of real estate (even after the bubble burst), has resulted in nest eggs never dreamed of by most folks. […]

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What happens when a loved one gives you a Power of Attorney

By Cathleen Summers A Power of Attorney is a document that allows a person (the principal) an opportunity to authorize an agent — usually a trusted family member or friend — to make legal decisions when he or she is no longer competent. Being chosen as the agent (or attorney-in-fact) by a loved one should […]

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Failure to plan for long-term care could leave you holding an empty bag

By Margot Birke Today we face the real possibility, as we grow older, of seeking long-term care in a nursing home for ourselves or for a loved one. Long-term care in nursing homes consists mainly of assistance with the tasks of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing. Medicare or private medical insurance does […]

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New state homestead law gives expanded protection

By Linda T. Cammuso Until now, Massachusetts homeowners had to choose between homestead protection — which safeguards the equity in one’s home from attachment by general creditors — or the benefits of owning their home in a trust. That changed on Dec. 14, when Gov. Deval Patrick signed the state’s pension reform bill into law, […]

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Estate planning: Waiting can be costly to your family

By Cathleen Summers Do you know what happens if you die without a will? The courts will decide who will raise your children, manage your assets, inherit your possessions and administer your estate. Heirs must usually agree on a court appointed administrator. What happens if you become incapacitated and are unable to manage your own […]

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