SOUTHCOAST ESTATE PLANNING BLOG

Am I Responsible for My Spouse’s Debts in a Second Marriage?

Dartmouth Massachusetts Wills & Trusts Lawyer Answers Critical Question: Is my new spouse responsible for my debts in a second marriage? The Living Together Law Center, Attorney Andrew Garcia, is an advocate for partners who are living together in committed…

Living Together May Soon Become Lawful in Florida

Living Together May Soon Become Lawful in Florida   In recent news, Fox 25 reports that unmarried couples may soon be allowed to legally live together in Florida. A measure to get rid of a law that’s been on the…

New NJ Law Attempts to Define Living Together

N.J. identified 8 factors that courts can use to determine if a couple is living together. How can a Massachusetts couple who are living together protect themselves after a break up? Read on…

What is a Massachusetts Cohabitation Agreement?

What is a Massachusetts Cohabitation Agreement? Massachusetts law does not recognize common law marriage. So when couples who have been living together (or cohabiting) decide to break up or when one suddenly dies, there is no “rule book” that controls…

Living Together: How Can I Protect My Property Rights?

Living Together: How Can I Protect My Property Rights? Massachusetts does not recognize “common law” marriage. Even if you’ve lived together for 7 years, Massachusetts doesn’t recognize the doctrine. Since there’s no common law marriage, when couples who have been…

How to Protect Your Kids’ Inheritance in a Second Marriage

Why Second Marriage Estate Planning is Critical When you get remarried in Massachusetts having an estate plan becomes even more critical because without proper legal planning state law will control how your assets get passed on. If you have children…

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA (Defense of marriage act)

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA (Defense of marriage act) In a landmark decision, hailed by equal rights advocates all over the country, a divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down a section of DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) that denied…

Utah Man’s Self-Penned Obituary: Lessons We Can Learn

Utah Man’s Self-Penned Obituary: Lessons We Can Learn An obituary written by a 59 year old Utah man who died of throat cancer has gone viral.  Apparently in his obit, Val Patterson, spoke sweetly of a well-lived life and expressed…