Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Decoupling”: Not the Divorce Kind, the Estate Tax Kind

During estate planning in Massachusetts there is a risk of additional taxes because of their decision to “decouple” their estate tax exemptions from the federal rules. Continue reading

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Can Estate Planning Prevent Divorce?

The number of Americans over 65 who are divorced has radically increased in the last 15 years and elder law attorneys believe that asset preservation is the main cause. Continue reading

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Special Needs Trust: How To Create One

Creating a special needs trust (SNT), to ensure a disabled or mentally ill person’s assets are protected, can become complicated. Continue reading

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Special Needs Trusts: The Basics

The basic definition of a special needs trust or supplemental benefits trust is any trust intended to provide benefits without causing the beneficiary to lose public benefits that they may be able to receive.  Most commonly special needs trusts are … Continue reading

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