All You Need to Know About Alternative Dispute Resolution

How an Out-of-Court Settlement Process Works Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the process for settling disputes outside a courtroom. Generally, parties choose ADR because it provides faster, more affordable, and less stressful resolutions than going through a court case does. While ADR does not apply in criminal cases, it can provide aid to individuals, groups,... More
January 30, 2019 | Estate Planning

Recent Developments in the Massachusetts Elective Share Law

Most people believe that they can write a Will and choose how their assets will be distributed at their death. This is generally true, however with one notable exception: you cannot disinherit your spouse.  In Massachusetts, M.G.L. Ch. 191, Sec. 15 allows a disinherited spouse to choose the so-called “elective share” if he or she... More
January 30, 2019 | Elder Law

Elder Abuse and Neglect Cases on the Rise and Underreported

A recent USA Today article highlighted the growing problem of elder abuse cases, particularly self-neglect cases.  According to the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, adult protective services agencies conducted over 713,000 investigations in 2017, in which case they identified nearly 235,000 victims of abuse.  Massachusetts confirmed 7,100 cases of abuse and neglect cases in... More
November 29, 2018 | Estate Planning

Year End Estate and Gift Tax Planning Considerations and Opportunities 2018

As the New Year approaches, there are a number of planning techniques that individuals should consider implementing before December 31, and after the first of the year, to take advantage of estate and gift tax savings opportunities. Gifts to Individuals Individuals may limit the growth of their taxable estates by making annual lifetime gifts. The... More
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