As we have acknowledged in previous articles, it can be difficult to consider the notion of our own mortality. Yet equally challenging is the idea of the loss of a spouse or partner. While procrastination and ignoring these life-changing scenarios is common, early planning can mitigate the risk of financial and emotional chaos that can […] The post Estate Planning Preparations for Losing a Spouse appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the psychological barriers to creating an Estate Plan. “No one likes to think about dying – and that is probably one reason most Americans lack wills.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/business/how-to-make-a-will.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0 The likelihood of having a Will, or other Estate Planning documents increases with age. Only 20% of millennials (ages […] The post Is Your Brain Preventing You From Creating a Will? appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
As we have mentioned in recent blog articles, the Holidays are the perfect time to check in on your aging parents whom you may not see on a regular basis if you live a significant distance apart. Part of evaluating how they are faring day to day is a conversation about financial management. It is […] The post Role Reversal: Managing Your Parents’ Finances appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Estate planning attorneys often receive calls from potential clients requesting how much a simple Will costs. What they do not know is that a simple Will – also known as a “Last Will and Testament” – in many cases, does not provide the type of protection they need. A simple Will often cannot accomplish the […] The post Will a simple Will do what you need it to do? appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
As we approach Veterans Day this year, we would like to remind those who served of the benefits that may be available to them through the Veterans Administration. VA’s Improved Pension Programs There are three categories of the Veterans Administration Improved Pension Programs, and each is need based and means-based. In order to qualify a […] The post Benefits Available to Massachusetts Veterans 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 .
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 .