When is the reading of the Will?

Never. The reading of the Will is a Hollywood fiction and a dramatic plot twist in many novels. However, today there is no gathering of the family in the lawyer’s oak filled and dusty library to discuss the final wishes of the family’s loved one. There is no morbid meeting of the decedent speaking to […]

Have You Considered Your Digital Assets in Your Estate Plan?

What digital assets you say? We don’t always consider that we have such things but most of us do. Your email account, for example. Do you get invoices via email? How will your Agent under a Power of Attorney even know about a bill that has to be paid if that Agent cannot access your […]

Estate Planning can be Easy

Really? “It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be!” That is a common phrase I hear from clients after they sign their Will who were initially apprehensive about meeting with me. It is very common for people to be scared about thinking of death or planning for it. In fact, […]

There is No Time Like the Present to Update Your Estate Plan

Every estate planning attorney can tell you stories about bad, incomplete or absent estate plans that created havoc for families. From unfunded trusts- you do know that a trust must be funded, right?- to simply outdated plans, we have seen it all. In some cases, this has led to unnecessary delay and expense but in […]

Do you Own Real Estate in States Other Than New Hampshire? Beware Probate costs!!

Most people do not realize that their estate might have to be probated more than once: once in New Hampshire because they are New Hampshire residents and once again in Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona or wherever they may own real estate. Some of those states can have very expensive Probate costs. Florida law, for example, allows […]

Nursing Home Costs and Protecting the At-Home Spouse

As a senior, there is a good chance that you, or your spouse if you are married, will need long-term care at some point. The Nursing Home Costs of that care will not be cheap. In fact, if you failed to plan ahead, your long-term care (LTC) costs could deplete your retirement nest egg in […]

The Family Vacation Home in Estate Planning

As the season for enjoying our lake or beach property is winding down, the issue of dealing with those properties in an estate plan may arise. The family vacation home is sometimes a very tough estate planning challenge. This is especially true when the beach or lake home has been in the family for years, […]

Saving for College or How to Use a Section 529 Plan in Estate Planning

A Section 529 Plan (named for the Internal Revenue Code establishing these accounts) may be a great way to not only help your children or grandchildren with their education but also could be a great estate planning tool. With a 529 plan, you initially fund it with a “gift.” The plan will have a named […]

Estate Plan: The Biggest Mistakes to Avoid

Mistakes to avoid in an Estate Plan An estate plan is not something most people want to spend time on when thinking about the inevitable—our own mortality. If you don’t, however, you may be leaving a mess for your loved ones. It is not enough to just “make a plan.” It is important to make […]

The “Estate Plan” for your Small Business

A Small Business Estate Plan By Liz Brown Just as you need estate planning documents to protect the future of your family, your small business needs an estate plan to take care of your business in the event of your death or disability. Unfortunately, too many small businesses simply “hope for the best” rather than […]