Everyone knows that we are currently in unprecedented times, and this new normal may be here to stay for a few more weeks or possibly longer. While most people are begrudgingly aware that restaurants, some parks, and even libraries are closed, did you know that the probate courts in Massachusetts are closed to the public as well?
While the courts are closed to the public until at least May 4th, they are only hearing matters and cases that they deem as emergencies, and they are working with a reduced staff due to safety measures. Most hearings that are being held, and not rescheduled, are being held via videoconferencing or by phone. Cases that have been rescheduled are now being scheduled into May and June, as are all new cases being filed with the Court. The Court is currently only accepting new filings by mail or electronic filing.Read More
Elder law plays a vital role in estate planning. Outside of specific elements it addresses, it also focuses on taking care of people during retirement and making sure benefits need for late-in-life care are prepared. In our infographic, learn more about what elder law does and when you should get started.Read More
There is a lot of uncertainty right now. So many things about life as we know it have changed in the last few weeks, and for many of us, we’re not quite sure we have caught up to all of it yet. “Going out to eat with friends” now means ordering takeout, driving to pick it up, and eating it in your car with your window rolled down, parked at least 6 feet away from your friend who is doing the same thing (no, I have not actually tried this yet, but people are definitely doing it right now). And “let’s schedule a meeting” means let’s plan a time to talk on the phone or have a Zoom meeting. Zoom, like Purell, is suddenly a hot commodity, but what is it, and how do you use it?Read More
During this season of life, where everyone is trying to figure out a new “normal,” adjust to changing circumstances, and make their way through new challenges, taking care of the ones you love seems to be pretty central to many people’s thoughts. Here at Family Estate Planning Law Group, we’re thinking about that too—taking care of our own families, and how we can continue to help you take care of yours. We recently came across a newsletter from Dianne Savastano at Healthassist, one of the many great organizations in our network of referrals, that contains a lot of information we thought might be helpful to our clients regarding caring for and protecting their families and loved ones (we encourage you to read it for yourself here).Read More
Entering college is the start of an exciting chapter in a young person’s life. It may seem inappropriate to be thinking about estate planning at that time, but there are documents that are important for a college student to have in place. Take a look at our infographic for a helpful guide on estate planning in your college years.Read More