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 ‘Friends’ Thanksgiving: Talking About Guardians

It has been a long time since David and I tuned in to ‘Friends’ to watch the antics of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe.  But our oldest daughter, Hannah, recently came home from college with Mono. After the initial concerns, questions, blood tests and actual diagnosis, we settled in to a new routine which quickly let to binge-watching ‘Friends.' To our surprise, Season 8, Episode 9 was about estate Read More

Frequently Asked Estate Planning Questions- National Estate Planning Awareness Week

I hope you've enjoyed reading and learning about estate planning during National Estate Planning Awareness Week. We believe that knowledge is powerful and being prepared is liberating- and we appreciate you, area parents, for partnering with us in our mission to educate families - especially young families - about the importance of planning. To wrap up the week, I'd like to take a moment to summarize everything Read More

Leave A Legacy: National Estate Planning Awareness Week

In addition to drafting legal documents for all of our clients to make sure that their assets are taken care of and their families are fully protected, we also understand  that there are certain aspects that really make you, "you," which are not able to be preserved through traditional estate planning methods. That's why we conduct what we call our Legacy Interview. A Legacy Interview is made available to all of Read More

What is Your “Plan C?” Reflecting on Schoharie

It’s not an easy discussion. But, we have a responsibility to have it. In fact, I believe that one of my most solemn duties as a parent is to make sure that my children are protected, always. Even in the event of my death. As an the Client Services Director of an estate planning law firm, it is also my responsibility to educate parents about planning for the worst, while they are young and healthy. Even if the Read More

Looking back on 20 years.

20 years. Apparently, that’s how long I’ve been running my own law firm. I honestly lost track, but my wife, Paula, didn’t. She’s been thinking about it for a while, coming up with different ways to celebrate our 20th anniversary (china, by the way). I tend to think about the firm’s anniversaries more in terms of 2008, when we shifted our focus completely to estate planning for families (10th is tin!). But still, Read More

Why I Do What I Do

When I first opened my own law firm, I was often asked why I left the security of working for an established law firm in Boston to open my own practice deep in the suburbs.  In other words, why do I do what I do?  My answer to them was always the same, simple response - I do what I do because of a sleeping baby. During the late winter of 1998, I was working at a law firm in Boston on medical malpractice, product Read More

Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary Helping Parents Protect The People They Love The Most

Acton, MA - September 18, 2018 - The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm, a boutique estate planning law firm based in Acton, announced its 20th anniversary this week. Originally founded in 1998 by Attorney David Feakes as Feakes Associates, The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm offers estate planning services exclusively, with a special focus on working with families with young children. “As a Dad myself, I believe Read More

What You Should Know About Guardianship—In Case A Parent or Loved One Becomes Incapacitated

Whether through illness, injury, or other means, anyone can require a guardian to become appointed if they become mentally incapacitated. In such cases, if there is no estate planning in place (or insufficient planning) to keep family or other loved one’s out of court, a guardianship, or conservatorship as it is sometimes called, must be established via a court process in the county probate court. Obtaining Read More

Advice for the “Sandwich Generation”

July is Sandwich Generation month. Now that I've got you thinking about turkey BLTs or meatball subs, I have to break it to you (though I bet you can already guess,) this article isn't about food.  So what is the Sandwich Generation? The average age of parents raising children in the US continues to rise, leaving many middle-aged Americans in a category commonly referred to as the the “sandwich” generation:  often Read More