Estate Planning for the Blended Family

Balancing the needs of a multi-generational blended family with your own wishes can be a complicated task, especially when it comes to estate planning.  With a majority of Americans not only marrying once, but twice, three or even four times during their lives, it is a challenge that will come to many. Even when blended family members get along, estate planning can be complicated. The potential for acrimony among Read More

More About Your Estate Plan

The revocable living trust is the basic building block of most estate plans. It’s the tool that allows your estate to avoid the expense, delay, and uncertainty of probate court, and it is the tool that can hold just about any of your assets. While revocable living trusts are ubiquitous in the world of estate planning, it seems that many people are still confused about them, so we are going to clear up a few commonly Read More

Your Estate Planning Checklist

The death of a parent… Medical issues… Birth of a child… A milestone birthday… Any of these events can trigger the urge to put your affairs in order and plan your estate. One of the best things you can for your loved ones is to leave them an estate that’s well organized, clear cut and easy to administer. While we talk often about the need for a sound estate plan, we know that trying to plan your estate can be Read More

What If?

Most people start the process of estate planning to deal with “What If”. What If you died and your children were still too young to care for themselves? What If you were no longer physically able to care for yourself? What If you had very specific instructions for how your property should be passed on? Every person on the planet has an individual list of things they worry about.   And those worries are often what Read More

The Family Business Succession Plan – An Important Piece of the Estate Planning Puzzle

Do you own a family business? If so, you have plenty of company. More than 90% of U.S. businesses are family businesses. Out of the Fortune 500, 150 are family businesses. Now, would you like to hear some really startling statistics? Only 30% of family businesses will survive into the family’s second generation, 12% to the third generation and only 4% last to the fourth generation. Scary statistics, aren’t Read More

Saving Your Heirs From Themselves

You’ve worked hard for your money... You’ve made some good investments and lived well within your means... You want to leave as much as possible to your heirs but... That grandson has a serious snowboarding addiction... Or maybe your daughter is just crazy about her new husband and the guy hasn’t had a steady job since he mowed yards in eighth grade... You don’t want to disinherit them but how do you save them Read More

The Straight Scoop on the New Tax Law and Your Estate Plan

Tax laws are confusing on a good day… What you can deduct… What you have to claim… And with all the recent changes to the laws, it’s almost impossible to know if you’re doing the right thing. We’re hoping this will help. Here’s the straight scoop on how the new federal tax law affects your estate plan (Important Note: these are changes to the federal tax laws – Massachusetts tax laws, including the Massachusetts Read More

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Portfolio

We all make New Year’s resolutions… Losing weight… Spending more time with family… Learning a new language… Few of us think of our investment portfolio in terms of resolutions.  But we should. This is a great time to sit down and really look at how your investments have done this year and plan for the next.  If you’re a do-it-yourself investor, with all the market volatility this would be a great time to talk to Read More

“Happy Holidays From Your Acton Estate Planning Lawyer!” – How’s Your Estate Plan?

By David Feakes, Acton Estate Planning Lawyer and Personal Family Lawyer. The end of the year is always a good time to reassess where we are financially… Plan for the future… Correct past mistakes… And, most importantly, change course if needed. This year, a review of your estate plan is more vital than ever. The resurrection of the federal estate tax and generation-skipping transfer tax (GST) in 2011, the Read More

Are You Ready for the 2011 Tax Changes?

If ever there was a time to call your estate planning or tax attorney, now is that time. The tax cuts instituted by the Bush administration in 2001 and 2003 are set to expire in 2011 unless Congress does something to stop it before the end of this year.  There are many proposed bills up for discussion right now but it’s anyone’s guess which, if any, will be passed in time. If you are a single person earning Read More