National Estate Planning Awareness Week: October 19-25, 2020

By Margaret Menicucci, Attorney & Counselor Along with cooler weather, October brings National Estate Planning Awareness Week! This is the perfect time to think about the condition (or even existence) of your estate plan. Estate planning enables you to: protect … Continue reading

Planning for Your Disability to Protect Your Legacy

By Margaret Menicucci, Attorney & Counselor The most distressing situation that a client can bring to us is when an elderly or ill person has been taken advantage of financially by a third party who purports to be a friend … Continue reading

2020 Brings Dramatic Changes to Pay-out Requirements for Inherited IRAs and Retirement Plans

By Margaret Menicucci, Attorney & Counselor The pay-out requirements for people inheriting Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and other retirement plans have changed dramatically. Legislation passed in late December of 2019, called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Act (the … Continue reading

Updating Your Estate Plan

By Margaret Menicucci, Attorney & Counselor This summer I moved a just-graduated adult child into her first apartment in a big city. Her adult life is taking shape as she takes the bus to work and the commuter rail to … Continue reading

The Importance of a Complete Will

By Margaret Menicucci, Attorney & Counselor I have never met a client who says they want their Will to distribute only a part of their estate, and then they want the family to figure out the rest through four years … Continue reading

Settling Into a New Estate Tax Environment

Settling Into a New Estate Tax Environment By Margaret Menicucci, Attorney & Counselor In my November 2nd blog, I reflected on the status of gift and estate taxation with the tax reform act looming in the background. The Tax Cuts … Continue reading

‘Tis the Season to Start Talking

‘Tis the Season to Start Talking By Margaret Menicucci, Attorney & Counselor My father passed away in 2010, after a long and meaningful life. Visits to my parents’ home were periodic because I live in a different state. In the … Continue reading

Federal Estate Tax Clarity Under New Reform

Federal Estate Tax Clarity Under New Reform By Margaret Menicucci, Attorney & Counselor You need a crystal ball to know how future tax reform will change current estate tax exemptions and rates. But, you don’t need a crystal ball to … Continue reading

Making Lifetime Gifts Free From Gift Tax

This Blog was initially posted on February 22, 2017. It has been updated as of July 13, 2020, to reflect changes in the federal estate and gift tax exemption and the annual exclusion. Your Will is not the only mechanism … Continue reading

Testamentary Trust

Preparing your estate plan, in particular a will or revocable living trust, allows you to give what you own, to whom you want, in the way you want them to receive it. Planning for the possibility of dying when your … Continue reading

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