Who will care for my pet: A reality check

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By Linda T. Cammuso We love our pets, we pamper them and we treat them like family — often to the chagrin of those who...

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.

The basics: Planning tools for everyone

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By Cathleen Summers Now is the time to take the legal steps necessary to ensure that your assets are protected and that your wishes met....

Transferring property to the kids could backfire

Clients frequently ask, “Why can’t I just put my house in my children’s names?” It seems simple — and cheap — enough: protect assets, avoid probate, all just for the price of a deed and a recording fee. But as the old saying goes, “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

Estate planning: you can’t afford to wait

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f you’re like most people, you probably have a list of reasons why you haven’t established your estate plan.

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

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

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.

Selecting the right person to handle your estate plan

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By Linda T. Cammuso Choosing the personal representative (the new term in Massachusetts for “executor”) of your estate is one of the most important decisions...

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).

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...