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Boston-based attorney Marcia Wagner says apart from changing federal estate tax laws, the most important factor in estate planning may be a last will and testament.

How to avoid mistakes in estate planning

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - If you’re considering estate planning, you might be putting it off until you’re older. Keep it simple, you...
Because Massachusetts is not a community property state, when a married resident of the state dies, their spouse does not owe their debts.

What happens to your debt when you die?

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer REGION - When people think about planning for their eventual demise, the focus is usually on assets. But what about...
Attorneys Michelle Beneski and Dan Surprenant Photo/Submitted

Surprenant & Beneski P.C. encourages early estate planning

By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer REGION - Learning about power of attorney, trusts, wills and health directives does not need to be overwhelming. The legal...
With all the financial considerations of bankruptcy, one other factor is not measured in dollars and cents―the psychological impact.

Should you declare bankruptcy?

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - If you’re considering bankruptcy, there are a lot of lawyers in Massachusetts who can help. And many offer...
Dr. J. Randall Curtis, director of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at the University of Washington, has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable neurologic condition. Since his diagnosis, Curtis has had numerous conversations about his goals, values and wishes for the future with his wife, Amy Hamblin, and palliative care specialists. Photo/J. Randall Curtis

Top Experts Question the Value of Advance Care Planning

By Judith Graham REGION - For decades, Americans have been urged to fill out documents specifying their end-of-life wishes before becoming terminally ill — living wills,...

States’ grandparent visitation laws raise concern

A growing number of grandparents are pushing lawmakers around the country to change state standards they say are too restrictive and ignore the unique bonds many grandparents have with their grandchildren.

Durable Powers of Attorney: Not so durable after all?

By Linda T. Cammuso A Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA), sometimes called just a “Power of Attorney,” is a legal document that allows you to...

My loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, now what?

It is estimated that about five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and about 360,000 people are newly diagnosed each year.

Second marriages pose challenges in estate, benefits planning

Second marriages are as common in the 50 plus population as they are with younger married couples. Couples who have remarried are often unaware of the legal and financial implications of their marriage.

How to talk to your parents about long-term care planning

While more people do estate planning earlier in their lifetimes today, there are many who have yet to take that important step.