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

Recently Divorced? Why You Should Put Aside Your Differences For Tax Season

Divorce can wreak havoc on your finances. But what many divorced couples don’t realize is that they can expect to face recurring financial challenges during tax season for years after the divorce is finalized. While divorce is often adversarial, leaving both spouses with animosity in its wake, tax season is an opportune time to put aside those differences and cooperate to reach a mutually beneficial Read More

How Will the New Tax Law Affect Your Family?

President Trump signed the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill into law on December 22, 2017, and the law includes a number of historic changes to the federal tax code. However, the vast majority of the most dramatic changes are aimed at business taxation, not individual taxpayers. That said, there are several fairly significant changes to personal income tax laws, which we’ve highlighted below. But keep in mind, unlike Read More

Financial, Legal Planning for Unmarried Couples: Should You Legally Marry or Not?

While the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.S. making it possible for people of all sexual orientations to marry, many modern couples (of all genders and sexual orientation) still choose not to marry. If you and your partner are deciding whether or not to legally get married, be sure to consider these important factors: Legal Protections If you are partnered and Read More

Navigating the Sandwich Generation with Ease

July is Sandwich Generation month. If you've never heard of it: 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 still raising kids at home when they become responsible for the care of their own aging parents. The stress and financial strain of managing the affairs of both children Read More

Tax Season! Investing Your Tax Refund Creatively

David Feakes, President of The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm, PC, shares why investing in a comprehensive estate plan is the smart, loving way to use your tax refund this year. Also covered, Red Sox Opening Day, and National Health Care Decisions Week! Read More

5 Creative Ways to Invest Your Tax Refund in Your Family’s Future

Expecting a tax refund this spring? Up to 80% of us are, and will have to decide what to do with our tax refund of, on average, about $2,832! Though it can be tempting to see a tax refund as “free money” (rather than what it actually is- part of your hard-earned paycheck,) it seems as though the vast majority of Americans do plan to treat the windfall responsibly, instead of blowing it on a splurge Read More

Protect Your Surviving Spouse – Review your plan TODAY for this language!

If you created an estate plan that includes a living trust, you must review it to determine if it contains language that could create unnecessary cost, effort and stress for your surviving spouse. Back in the day, when the estate tax exemption was $675,000 to $1,000,000, most living trusts were drafted to provide for a mandatory split of trust assets upon the death of the first spouse. This was done to ensure that Read More

Five Reasons To Never Give An Outright Inheritance To Your Children – and What to Do Instead!

If you’re like me, you want to leave an inheritance for your children. It’s likely part of what you are working so hard to do. But, far too often, the way we leave those inheritances actually does more harm than good. Something no parent wants. Giving outright ownership of our assets to the kids could put everything you’ve worked so hard to leave behind at risk. Why, how and what can you do about it? Let me share Read More

Medicare Facts For You, Your Parents

People who are nearing the age of 65 should be making plans for the transition from private health care to Medicare. It is not a simple process or one that happens automatically. You have to initiate the enrollment process at a specific time or suffer a monetary penalty. It is important to understand that applying for Social Security benefits and enrolling in Medicare are two totally different things. Don't confuse Read More