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Two Certainties in Life: Death and Taxes in Massachusetts

In a letter to a friend, Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Though he said it in the 18th century, it remains true to this day. Today we’re discussing both death and taxes -- we’re delving into the taxes that are owed on your estate after you pass away. Let’s start with the happy part first. Can my assets avoid estate taxes when I Read More

How To Make Estate Planning The One Resolution You Keep In 2020

We make them with the best of intentions, New Year’s resolutions. At the end of the month up to 40% of us will resolve to accomplish something in 2020. Yet, not unsurprisingly, a mere 8% of us will actually keep those resolutions and succeed in our goals. Some of the most important resolutions we will set center on family and money. Though estate planning doesn’t typically come to mind when you think “resolution,” Read More

National Estate Planning Awareness Week Oct 21-28, 2019: Planning for All Stages of Parenthood

Did you know that October 21-28 is “National Estate Planning Awareness Week?" Estate planning is an often overlooked area of personal financial management. By some estimates, 70% of American parents do not have an estate plan! Most mistakenly hear the word “estate” and assume “estate planning” is just for the Bill Gates, Elon Musks, or Warren Buffets of the world. Estate planning, however, is for Read More

3 Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan

Estate planning is a way to celebrate your life and all that you have built by making sure your property and assets are handled according to your wishes after you pass on. Having an estate plan in place affords you the reassurance that when the time comes, your affairs will be handled in the manner you have intended. People often (incorrectly) assume that once they create their estate plan they never have to think Read More

Five Benefits of Having an Estate Plan in Place

At our firm, we view estate planning as an opportunity to celebrate your life and all that you have built. Creating an estate plan affords you the opportunity to plan for the future of those you love and to ensure they will be protected and receive assets you have worked hard throughout your lifetime to acquire. Estate planning gives you the peace of mind of knowing that when your time comes, your wishes will be Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Godparents and Guardians

When welcoming a new child into a family, there are many important decisions that need to be made. Among the most important will be making sure your child is properly cared for no matter what the future brings. A common misconception among parents today is that the people that they have named as godparents will automatically be those chosen to become legal guardians should the biological (or adoptive) parents pass Read More

Announcing our 2019 Summer Referral Giveaway!

Summer Family Fun is as easy as 1-2-3! Download and print a flier.  Between now and Sept. 6th, tell your friends about how easy it was to plan with us, and have them mention you when they email us at info@parentsestateplanning.com, or call us at 978-263-6900. When they meet with us (between now and Sept. 20th,) you'll win a Kimball Farm Family Four Pack! There is no limit to the number of times you can Read More

Asset Protection Planning – When Is It Right For You?

Whether you are creating your first estate plan to protect your young family, or you are thinking about retiring and need to review your existing plan, you may need to incorporate asset protection into your estate planning. Asset protection planning allows you to take measures to protect your assets from the most common risks that many people experience. Keep reading to discover the different risks to your assets Read More

Essential Legal Planning for your ‘Young Adult’

Parents: Is your “baby” an adult now?  As high school graduation approaches, you and your child may be planning for college, meeting next year’s roommate, selecting the fall semester’s classes, and our daughter Sadie’s favorite: shopping! Graduation is a moment to celebrate your child’s achievement (and your own)! It can be a fun and exciting time. It is also the time for you to face the cold, hard fact: Your “baby” Read More

A Little Tough Love: You Need to Select Guardians for your Kids, or Someone Else WILL.

Ok, let’s get right down to it, and talk about the reason you’re reading this article: your children. What would happen to your children if something happened to you? Do you know? Do you really know? It’s been my personal mission- and our firm’s driving force- to make sure that every child in the Commonwealth is protected, should the unexpected occur, and that parents have all the knowledge and tools needed to Read More