How to Talk with Aging Parents About Estate Planning

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“Mom, dad, we need to talk.” Many people dread discussing financial arrangements with their elderly parents. It’s not easy reminding our parents that their time left on this earth is limited, but it’s necessary for their (and your) peace of mind.

So, what’s the best way to talk to your aging parents about estate planning? We’ve provided a few sincere approaches to help broach that intimate conversation.
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How to Prepare for Your First Estate Planning Session

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Whether you’re a newlywed or a retiree, you should have an estate plan. An estate plan is more than a will alone. An estate plan consists of multiple documents underlining the “whos,” “whats,” and “hows” of the management of your finances, assets and family matters in case of your absence.

As opposed to the average firm that may ask their clients to come prepared with countless document copies and no tough questions, our team offers guidance through every step of the process. In preparation for your first estate planning session, we came up with a brief list on how you can prepare to meet with us.
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5 Estate Planning Resolutions to Follow in the New Year

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Change is inevitable, but preparation is not. If you don’t invest time in estate planning, your family could be caught unawares. With the new year upon us, why not add estate planning to your list of resolutions? Many unforeseen events occur every year, and in case of sudden misfortunes, it’s wise to protect your loved ones and assets. Below are five estate planning resolutions to consider for the new year:
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6 Estate Planning Mistakes You Should Avoid

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You want peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are taken care of after your death. While it may be difficult to think about, preparing a will and revisiting former estate plans are the best way to prevent needless mistakes in the future, many of which could cost your family thousands of dollars.

Attorneys that are experienced in this area can help their clients avoid making these six disastrous estate planning mistakes:

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Are You Prepared for These 5 Major Life Moments?

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There are some moments in life it’s impossible to prepare for on an emotional level. But when it comes to your finances, it is possible to be proactive. An estate planning lawyer can help.

Estate planning can help you at all times in your adult life, but you will see the greatest benefit the earlier you begin. Here are five key milestones where estate planning is essential:

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You’re Richer Than You Think

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What You Need to Know About Massachusetts Estate Tax

Everyone has an estate. It may not look like a sprawling mansion in the countryside, complete with a butler and a carriage driver, but in the eyes of Massachusetts law, if you have any assets to your name (even just a bank account), you have an estate.

It’s highly likely that your estate makes you richer than you think, and here’s why: your estate is more than just your home and your current bank account balance. It includes life insurance, annuities, business interests, retirement accounts and more.

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5 Reasons a Will Alone Isn’t Enough

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Even though it’s not a topic you like to think about on a day-to-day basis, you know you need to prepare for your family’s life after your death.

A will is one of the most common estate planning documents, but surprisingly, this legal document probably doesn’t suffice and won’t guarantee your wishes are carried out. If you’re relying on a will as your sole estate planning document, you could be leaving your family unprotected. While writing a will is a great start, it isn’t comprehensive enough to account for all of the complexities of your finances and your life.
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