Celebrating Self-Sufficiency on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday. For the first time in 21 years, I will not have both of my daughters with me. Although I get to spend Sunday morning with Sadie, by early afternoon, Paula and I will be on the road to New Jersey for a 2-day meeting. I won’t see Hannah at all (except maybe a FaceTime) - she is spending the month of June in Florence, Italy. Allegedly, she is there to study abroad, but since the classes Read More

Win a day of family fun at Kimball Farm!

GREAT NEWS!! DUE TO POPULARITY WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THIS CONTEST UNTIL AUGUST 24th!! Win a day of family fun at Kimball Farm! Have you heard about our referral program?  It's as easy as 1-2-3! Between now and August 17th refer your friends to our firm - Celebrate, knowing you are helping others have peace of mind. For each of those families that meet with us before Sept. 3rd, 2018, you'll be Read More

Happy Memorial Day

Our office will be closed from Friday, May 25th at 1:00PM, through Tuesday, May 29th at 9:00 AM, in observance of the holiday. We'll be making cherished memories with our families, and wish the same for all of you! Email us at Paula@parentsestateplanning.com if your matter is urgent. Read More

Naming Guardians for your Children: The Six Steps to Do it Right – Part 2

One of your most important responsibilities you have as a parent is to select and legally document guardians for your children. This doesn’t mean naming godparents, or just trusting the grandparents will step in if necessary. It means consciously deciding who would raise your children if you cannot, and then legally documenting your choices. (Making sure the people you’ve chosen know what to do if they’re ever called Read More

Keeping it simple on my 20th Mother’s Day

To all the moms, soon-to-be moms, and grandmothers out there, I extend a very happy Mother’s Day to all of you! I’ve written about this before, but Mother’s Day is always extra-special for me.  Our older daughter, Hannah, was born the day after Mother’s Day in 1997.  This year she turns 21!  (Did I just write 21?!) It’s such a cliché, but it really does seem like just yesterday that she was singing along to Barney Read More

Naming Guardians for your Children: The 6 Steps to Do It Right—Part 1

One of your most important responsibilities as a parent is to select and legally document guardians for your children. This doesn’t mean just naming godparents or trusting the grandparents will step in if necessary. It means consciously deciding who would raise your children if you cannot. And then it means legally documenting your choices and making sure the people you’ve chosen know what to do if they’re ever Read More

Common Estate Planning Issues to Navigate Before a Second Marriage

These days, a second marriage (or even a third,) are fairly commonplace. And the estate planning issues that arise from multiple marriages can be highly complex and confusing. Merging two families into one presents unique legal and financial challenges that can cause significant conflict and distress unless effective estate planning has been put into place early on. Here are a few of the most common issues that Read More

As Your Kids Become “Adults,” Make Sure They Sign These Documents

With high school graduation coming up, many parents have and will soon watch their children become adults (at least in the eyes of the law) and leave home to pursue their education and career goals. Turning 18, graduating high school, and moving out is a huge accomplishment. And  it also comes with some serious responsibilities that probably aren’t at the forefront of their (or your) mind right now. Once your Read More

Tips for Ensuring Your Estate Plan Takes Good Care of your Pets

This is Louise. She's a redbone coon hound and she's my pet, but she's also my family. It’s sad, but unfortunately very true, that many furry family members, like Louise, end up in shelters after their owner dies or becomes incapacitated. In fact, the Humane Society estimates that between 100,00 to 500,000 pets are placed in shelters each year for exactly this reason, and a large number of these animals are Read More

Lessons learned from an Emergency: He Said

Back in January, my wife, Paula wrote about my holiday adventure with the emergency room (ER.)  In response to that email, I received an outpouring of ‘get well’ wishes from concerned clients.  When I started this firm (20 years ago this year,) I wanted to build a firm that valued client relationships, one where I would not only be a valuable resource to my clients, but someone to whom my clients could turn in times Read More