Who will inherit your IRA?

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Most people name a beneficiary when they open the account and designate a spouse or children. Therefore, when they die, the money goes to a spouse or the children. Sounds easy, right? (Not so fast).

Demystifying probate part III: rumors and reality

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By Linda T. Cammuso Last month, I discussed the use of living trusts as an effective technique for probate avoidance and contrasted trusts with some...

DOMA Decision: What it means for estate planning

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By Linda T. Cammuso The Commonwealth of Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2004. While the intent was to put same-sex couples on equal footing with...

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

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

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By Linda T. Cammuso REGION - Trusts are used every day in estate planning for a variety of reasons that include probate avoidance, gift tax...

The basics of Medicaid: What you can and cannot keep

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By Margot Birke In order to understand Medicaid qualifications, you first need to know how Medicaid treats your assets. Basically, Medicaid breaks your assets down...

A recipe for estate planning disaster awaits amateur ‘cooks’

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As eager cooks everywhere break out their favorite time-tested holiday recipes and experiment with new ones, it is a fitting time to discuss every estate planning attorney’s least favorite year-round recipe: the estate planning disaster.

Aid & Attendance for veterans: Changes on the horizon

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By Linda T. Cammuso Aid and Attendance is a program of the Veterans Administration (VA) that provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require...

LegalZoom sued over low-cost wills and trusts

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We’ve all seen the commercials. The ones featured prominently in primetime, during sporting events, in between the news and our favorite programs. I’m talking about the commercials with former O.J. Simpson attorney, Robert Shapiro, pitching his company, LegalZoom, as the next best thing since sliced bread.

Failing yourself and loved ones if dementia strikes

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By Linda T. Cammuso Failing to do an estate plan touches lives in ways that we often fail to imagine. So many people drag their...