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Estate Planning for Single People

If you’re single, you might think that estate planning is only for married couples or people with children. But the truth is that estate planning is just as important for you as a single person. You might think that if you don’t do a will that your family or friends can just divide up your…

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Medicare’s Online Compare Tool Just Got Better

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently combined eight online Compare tools into one on Medicare.gov. This new tool, called Care Compare, has data about providers across different disciplines – making it easier for Medicare beneficiaries and their family members to get the information they need. CMS’s eight separate Compare tools…

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Will vs. Trust: What’s the Difference?

Wills and trusts are both important documents for doing your Massachusetts estate plan. They serve different purposes but they can work together to create a comprehensive estate plan. These are the main differences between a living trust and a last will and testament: Whether probate is involved What assets and legal affairs are affected When the instrument…

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The Pros and Cons of a Life Estate Deed

A life estate deed in Massachusetts is a deed in which two or more people each have ownership of real property, but they have it for different periods of time. An example: Mary is 82 years old and lives in her home by herself. Mary signs the deed to her home over to her adult…

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How to Plan for Incapacity

Planning for your incapacity is an essential part of Massachusetts estate planning. Being “incapacitated” means that you no longer have the ability to understand and appreciate the consequences of your actions to make rational decisions. You can become incapacitated due to a mental health issue or a physical problem. Incapacity can be short term (e.g.,…

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