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Monday, June 02, 2014

Trustees and Bank Accounts

Do you want to be in charge of your own bank account?  If your answer is a resounding "yes!" then you need to have your bank account titled into your Life Trust.  If your bank account is in your own name alone, then, as soon as you get sick and can't go to the bank, or get confused and can't balance your account, you're in trouble.  The banker will tell you: "just put someone else's name on the account!"  But doing so without the protection of your Life Trust is giving your money away.  Your bank account becomes the property of that other person.   That other person would have to come into the bank in order for you to remove them from the account.

Even if the other person is your husband or wife, the same rule applies - by all means have both names on the account. But use the Life Trust, for flexibility and control.  If you were both sick, your Life Trust can name another trustee to take over.  After you're gone, your Trustee can settle the account with the rest of your estate, instead of having to disentangle it from someone else's property first.can 


Monday, January 07, 2013

An Often-Overlooked Medicaid Planning Strategy

A little known but very effective tool can allow you to set up a trust to protect your assets from Medicaid after you die.  By integrating it with your existing planning, a very favorable result can be obtained with little extra trouble.


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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Why Settle?

Settlement is what you do when someone dies.  All too often, clients come to me to plan for their own estates, and, as we explore the estate - what accounts are there?  what property do you have?   We learn that some of their property is actually still titled to people who are dead.


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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The American Nightmare

Are you living the American Dream, or the American Nightmare?  I explain the difference between MediCare and MediAid, and how you can prevent the American Dream from becoming the American Nightmare by using an irrevocable trust to protect your assets from the cost of a nursing home if you ever need one.


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Jennifer A. Deland, Counselor-at-Law advises clients in all areas of estate planning, including wealth transmission planning, disability planning, special needs, pet trusts, Medicaid/Masshealth and related aspects of probate law. Her office is convenient for clients throughout the Metrowest area, including Holliston, Hopkinton, Milford, Medway, Medfield, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Sherborn, Dover, Southborough, Sudbury and Westborough.

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