SOUTHCOAST ESTATE PLANNING BLOG

Life Estate Deeds in Massachusetts: The Pros and Cons

Many Massachusetts homeowners use “life estate” deeds for different reasons. Some use them as a general estate planning tool. Others frequently use them as a way to “keep the nursing home from getting their house.” In this post, we’ll talk…

3 Legal Safeguards to Protect Your Child with Special Needs

April is National Autism Awareness Month in the United States. It’s a time of year that is dedicated to educating the public about the special needs and challenges facing those individuals living within the autism spectrum disorders (“ASDs”). ASDs are…

Estate Planning and Tax Season Go Hand-in-Hand

Add Estate Planning To Your List of Resolutions This Year The New Year means tax season is beginning. Here in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, like every other part of the country, we begin collecting our tax forms and looking for all possible…

Living Together: 3 Life Events Most Couples Aren’t Prepared For

More couples are living together than ever before. Most, though, aren’t prepared for when tragedy or unexpected issues happen. In this post, Dartmouth, Massachusetts attorney, Andrew Garcia, reveals the 3 life events that most cohabiting couples simply aren’t prepared for…

5 Massachusetts Estate Planning Dos and Don’ts

[youtube=//www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoKAzDklngg] Attorney Andrew Garcia of The Living Together Law Center offers 5 quick do’s and don’ts when it comes to your Massachusetts estate planing. Don’t name your minor kids as beneficiaries on your insurance policy. If something happens to you…

Living Together: 3 Reasons to Do Your Estate Plan in 2016

Massachusetts doesn’t recognize common law marriage no matter how long a couple has lived together.  Since common law marriage isn’t recognized, there are no laws that require that property be automatically passed on to a surviving partner after the death…

Living Together More Acceptable by Americans Survey Says

Americans have become more accepting of couples living together before marriage and same sex relationships according to government survey results released yesterday. The same survey shows, though, that Americans have grown less comfortable with divorce. In an article reported by…