Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Eight more states have followed. But much remains to be clarified, even for same-sex couples in Massachusetts and those other states, about what their rights are under federal law.
The word "fiduciary" derives from the Latin word for faith or trust. And in essence, a breach of fiduciary duty involves a breach of trust.
Long-term care insurance: the very words summon up a range of emotions in families trying to make intelligent choices to plan for future care. It's a product whose value is so unpredictable that it's rather like a riddle for all concerned. How could something be at once notoriously expensive, yet also potentially a useful part of a prudent estate plan?
Why is it important to make sure your estate planning documents are in order? For a reminder, one need only look to the recent case of the legendary singer James Brown. The estate of the man often called "the godfather of soul" has been the subject of contentious estate litigation for several years.