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July 2016 Archives

How can I include health care matters in my estate plan?

When it comes to the notion of having a comprehensive estate plan in place, it's important to understand that this means more than just accounting for all of your property and minimizing your tax liability. Indeed, it also includes making plans for your health care should a major medical event leave you incapacitated.  

Understanding Massachusetts's estate tax filing requirements - II

Last week, our blog began discussing how the process surrounding Massachusetts's estate tax, which is levied on a deceased person's assets and collected prior to distribution of these assets, is rather time-sensitive. Specifically, we explored how the personal representative of an estate must file the Massachusetts Estate Tax Return, otherwise known as Form M-706, within nine months of the passing of the deceased.

Understanding Massachusetts's estate tax filing requirements

While the rather cynical quote attributed to Founding Father Benjamin Franklin regarding the certainty of death and taxes is incredibly popular -- it can be found emblazoned on everything from coffee cups to t-shirts -- it's also incredibly accurate nearly 200 years later.

Should you keep your estate planning documents in the cloud?

Once a person has discussed, read through and appended their signature to their last estate planning document, they will likely shake hands with their attorney and depart the office with a rather thick file in hand. Their satisfaction with these efforts may prove to be short-lived, however, as they will be confronted with an important issue upon arriving home: where exactly this file should be located.   

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