SOUTHCOAST ESTATE PLANNING BLOG

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…

July Fourth is My Favorite Time of the Year!

July Fourth is My Favorite Time of the Year! July 4th has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I was a history major in college (S.M.U. to be exact – and, I’m talking about THE SMU…

Massachusetts Does Not Recognize Common Law Marriage

Massachusetts Does Not Recognize Common Law Marriage Massachusetts does not recognize the doctrine of “common law” marriage. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve lived together, it could be 7 years or 70 years, you cannot have a marriage under…