Financial planning and Estate planning both have extremely important, and sometimes interconnected, functions. Both are also highly specialized in nature, requiring you to find the right partner to work with in each area. Both the attorney and financial planner need to understand the basics of the other professional’s area of practice and be willing to […] The post Financial Planning vs. Estate Planning appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
“When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.” ~Ogden Nash This quote illustrates the grandparent/grandchild relationship for many families. It is often a joy for grandparents to have the opportunity to “spoil” their grandchildren and give them what their parents can not give them. This can include extra time, unique experiences and it […] The post Gifts from Grandparents appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Whether you see your parents on a daily or weekly basis or have to travel to visit them at the holidays, there comes a time when we realize that they are aging and may be facing some health or cognitive issues. Perhaps suddenly, they seem to need more assistance with daily tasks. Whether there is […] The post Tough Conversations with Aging Parents appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Caring for elderly and infirm family members can be an extremely challenging job. Often, personal finances are sacrificed in an effort to help a loved senior stay at home while receiving the care they need. For seniors who are MassHealth members, there is an option for family members who act as caregivers to be reimbursed […]
Like many people who have taken the time to ensure an Estate Plan is in place, you have likely filed it away in a safe spot, to be accessed upon your passing. But the reality is, an Estate Plan must evolve the way our lives evolve. They are only useful if they reflect your current […] The post When is the right time to update your Estate Plan? appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Many people think of Estate Planning as a luxury for wealthy Business Owners, executives and CEOs – multi-millionaires who have a variety of homes and bank accounts overflowing with money. However, this notion could not be further from the truth. Estate planning is a tool to be utilized by everyone, regardless of the size of their […] The post Asset Protection for Small Business Owners appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Small business owners generally work many long hours at growing their businesses, but often they don’t spend the time needed to think about what will happen to the business when they pass away. A Succession Plan is a key consideration for any Small Business Owner. In some instances, it’s easiest just to sell the business […] The post Small Business Succession Plans appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Families come in all shapes and sizes and today a large percentage of families are considered blended families. In fact, 40% of families in the US have at least one partner with a child from a previous relationship, 100 million Americans have a step relationship and approximately one-third of all weddings in America today form […] The post Estate Planning for Blended Families appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Qualifying for Medicaid, called MassHealth in Massachusetts, is one of the largest benefits of using an Irrevocable Trust as part of your estate plan. An Irrevocable Trust protects your assets in the event of a long term care illness, such as Alzheimers, Dementia, Parkinson’s or Stroke where nursing home care is likely needed. The goal […]
Revocable Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts are both very valuable tools in Estate Planning, yet their differences are important to understand to ensure you make the right choice at the right time. If you have done some research on Estate Planning, you have likely heard the terms “revocable” and “irrevocable”. The term “irrevocable” might be alarming […] The post Revocable vs Irrevocable Trusts: Important differences appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .