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What's a "Trusted Contact"?

Posted by Bridget Murray | Aug 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many of you with brokerage accounts may have encountered questions about "Trusted Contacts".  In 2018, new rules were put in place to protect seniors with brokerage accounts from financial scams that could drain the accounts before anyone notices. As the population ages, elder financial abuse is...

Chronicles of Jane -- Dick's Mom Passes Away

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jun 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dick and Jane came to see me shortly after Lizzie, Dick's mother, a widow, died in Chatham, Massachusetts. Dick indicated that he was named the executor of his mother's will. Despite  having advised Dick that his mother should consider re-titling her assets in order to avoid probate, she either r...

Healthcare Documents during the Pandemic

Posted by Bridget Murray | Mar 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

As many of you are aware, the Federal privacy laws restrict the ability of medical providers to give out confidential medical information about your health.  While this is a tremendous protection under most circumstances, it also acts to prevent family members from receiving updates on loved ones...

COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted by Bridget Murray | Mar 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Our Plans -- Your Plans During the COVID-19 emergency, we will be working primarily from our private offices at 47 Pleasant Street, Gloucester.  This space is limited to our staff and clients and we feel we can do a more thorough job of cleaning the space and screening those who visit us.  We wi...

We Are Moving!

Posted by Bridget Murray | Feb 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

I am pleased to announce that as of March 1, 2020, our new Gloucester address will be 47 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.  It is beautiful old building with lots of charm, and we'd love to have you visit us there.  The North Andover office will stay where it is, and we don't have any plans...

Chronicles of Jane -- Welcome Baby!

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jul 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

My partner, Ray Cannon, created the chronicles of Dick and Jane to help clients understand some of the intricacies of estate planning and elder law.  With thanks and appreciation for his sense of humor and legal skills, we bring you the 2019 life of Dick and Jane. JANE HAS A CHILD Jane called m...

Opening Probate

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jun 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

My partner, Ray Cannon, created the chronicles of Dick and Jane to help clients understand some of the intricacies of estate planning and elder law.  With thanks and appreciation for his sense of humor and legal skills, we bring you the 2019 life of Dick and Jane. Dick and Jane came to see me sh...

Asset Protection

Posted by Bridget Murray | Apr 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

My partner, Ray Cannon, created the chronicles of Dick and Jane to help clients understand some of the intricacies of estate planning and elder law.  With thanks and appreciation for his sense of humor and legal skills, we bring you the 2019 life of Dick and Jane. JANE'S FATHER DECIDES TO PROTEC...

Chronicles of Jane -- Prenuptial Agreements

Posted by Bridget Murray | Mar 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

My partner, Ray Cannon, created the chronicles of Dick and Jane to help clients understand some of the intricacies of estate planning and elder law.  With thanks and appreciation for his sense of humor and legal skills, we bring you the 2019 life of Dick and Jane. Jane recently graduated from ...

Will the state take my home?

Posted by Bridget Murray | Mar 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

As an elder law attorney, I hear this fear, or variations of it, from many of our older clients. There is plenty to be worried about in the world of nursing home and healthcare costs, but in general, having the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ‘take your house' should come off that list. If you are...

Pets in Estate Planning

Posted by Bridget Murray | Mar 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

In our estate planning practice, we sometimes have clients with large animals like horses, animals that live a long time like birds, or other pets that are important members of the client's life.  If you become ill, incapacitated, or pass away, what provisions need to be made for the care of your...

Military Families

Posted by Bridget Murray | Feb 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

I wrote a few months ago about what to do if you have a young adult child coming home from college.  Many of these items are also true if you have a young adult child in the military.  I have a 21 year old son serving in the Army, and I was surprised that he was not encouraged to have a healthcar...

Opening an Estate Account

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jan 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Frequently Asked Questions -- Probate  How Do I Open an Estate Account?  After someone has passed away and you have been appointed Personal Representative (this used to be called the Executor) you now have the task of gathering up all the assets and paying bills.  You need an estate account, us...

Is College Worth it?

Posted by Bridget Murray | Nov 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Almost one in five Americans with a college degree are still gainfully employed. That's the highest number in more than fifty years. If you've got a college degree, your chances of working past age 65 are higher, and you'll also find it easier to keep working. Americans are delaying retirement p...

Elder Law -- HELP!

Posted by Bridget Murray | Oct 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

How Will Aging Parent's Needs Impact Your Family? We like to think money doesn't matter when it comes to the ones we love, but if an elderly parent should need skilled nursing care and has no resources, the family will need to know what's coming next. At some point, families have to face the gr...

Should You Worry About Estate Taxes?

Posted by Bridget Murray | Feb 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Where You Die Matters, If You Want to Minimize Your Heir's Tax Burden Depending on where you die, you may be able to leave a relatively large sum to your heirs, tax-free, since some states have tied their state estate taxes to the federal amount. If you die in 2018 in Hawaii, Maine or Washingto...

Medicaid Annuities

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jan 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

What is a Medicaid Annuity? This financial product isn't without some controversy. However, it may be a smart move, and can alleviate worry about your home and income if your spouse needs nursing home care. It's not an unusual scenario: one spouse has moved to live in a nursing home and will ne...

Conversations now minimize problems later

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jan 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Consider sharing your plans and information about finances with your family now.  Some folks feel the need to let their doctor figure out what's wrong with them, claiming that it's the doctor's job. They're often the same ones who won't tell their heirs everything. However, as Vanguard advises in...

What will happen to your pets?

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jan 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

Does Your Estate Plan Include Care for Your Pet? Animal shelters know all too well what happens when plans for pet care are treated informally. If your idea of planning for your animal companion's well-being after you pass is asking a family member if they will take Spot and Flurry, think again...

Where the Wealth is...

Posted by Bridget Murray | Oct 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Wealthy Americans are most likely to be Over 80 Years Old People in their 50s can buy as big a house and as fancy a car as they want, but when it comes to real wealth, that's in the hands of Americans who are 80 and older. When it comes to wealth measured in billions and millions, a recent arti...

Planning with Children

Posted by Bridget Murray | Oct 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

If You Have Minor Children, You Must Have an Estate Plan It's heartbreaking, but it does happen: both parents die unexpectedly, and there's no will, and no one has been named a guardian. Who decides who will raise your children? Being a good parent means being responsible for the well-being of ...

Estate Planning and your Loved Ones

Posted by Bridget Murray | Sep 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

How an Estate Plan Protects Your Loved Ones Estate plans perform a number of functions, including conveying your wishes for final care, if you should become incapacitated and appointing people to make medical decisions on your behalf. Everyone needs an estate plan, for their own peace of mind a...

Protecting Your Legacy and Their Inheritance

Posted by Bridget Murray | May 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Conversations between estate planning attorneys and clients are as much about how to talk with children about the intentions behind inheritances, as about the legal means of distributing assets. A lifetime spent creating a family and an accumulation of wealth is an admirable accomplishment. The ...

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