The Quandary of Inherited Heirlooms: Start the Discussion Now
Back in our parents' days, picking out your set of good china was a foregone conclusion. Many of our generation took a pass, and millennials may not even own plates; forget the china. It's a struggle as aging people downsize to get rid of the things they hold as... »
A Clear Will Doesn't Always Avoid a Family Feud, But Communication Can
An organized estate plan is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your family--but just having it in order isn't enough. Communicating your intentions to your children, spouse, and other beneficiaries--OR to any of these parties that would expect to have a claim but you have chosen to... »
Making Sense of a Power of Attorney--What It Covers, What It Doesn't, And What You Need to Watch Out For
Q: My mother (now 77 years old) made me the primary agent under her power of attorney. It’s a ten-page document and very confusing.  What am I legally permitted and/or obligated to do?  What is my legal exposure if I act on her behalf? A: This is a question... »
90-Year-Old Woman "Hits the Road" for the Last Year of Her Life
Norma Jean Bauerschmidt's story went viral, so perhaps this is not the first time you've heard of her--the remarkable woman who told her doctor after receiving the news that she had uterine cancer, "I'm 90 years old, I'm hitting the road." Her Facebook page, Driving Miss Norma, gained more than... »
Why Waste Away? Margaritaville Retirement Homes Are Coming!
With the boomer population coming of (retirement) age, entrepreneurs have put some real thought into how they can capitalize off of this enormous slice of society that wields substantial financial power. One trend--more and more alternative living scenarios are emerging that make the retirement years more enjoyable, from activity-focused... »
Top 10 Considerations for Retirement: Sage Advice From Retirees To Millennials
Hindsight being 20/20 is not all that helpful, but you can glean insight from people whose eyesight hasn't been 20/20 for at least 20 years. The New York Times asked Journalism Students around the country to interview retirees and find out what tips they have for the millennial generation. It's probably no surprise that... »
From $9B to Nothing: How a Family Can Destroy a Fortune
In case you have been wondering whether using trusts and other estate planning tools to protect your hard-earned wealth is really necessary, look no further than the Stroh family. The Stroh Brewery Empire, valued by Forbes in the early '80s at about $9 billion in today's dollars, is all... »
Seminar: Ethics in the End of Life Decision Making March 9, 2017
Alison Arden Besunder will be presenting at the Suffolk Academy of Law seminar Ethics in the End of Life Decision Making on March 9, 2017. Event description, registration information, agenda and speaker bios can be found below.  Who Should AttendThis program is targeted for general practice attorneys; any attorney who drafts advance directives;... »
Nick Loeb Suing Sofia Vergara On Behalf of Frozen Embryos "Emma" and "Isabella"
In early 2013, actress Sofia Vergara and then-fiance Nick Loeb had two of her eggs fertilized by his sperm and then frozen. After an acrimonious split in late 2013, Loeb initially filed a lawsuit in the state of California to preserve the embryos, later amending his complaint to sue... »
Your Cremated Remains Can Be Pressed Into a Vinyl Record
You may be surprised to learn the variety of different things you can do with your cremated remains these days. For example, you can be crushed into a gemstone, stuffed into fireworks, fired into hand-blown glass, painted into a work of art, put into an hourglass, or sewn into a... »
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