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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Trustees, Beneficiaries, and Cake

Have you heard the expression "you can't have your cake and eat it too?" Do you know what it really means? I don't.  But I'm going to use the distinction between "having" and "eating" cake to explain the difference between Trustees and Beneficiaries.


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Monday, September 21, 2015

Can You Be Your Own Trustee?

Who should be the trustee ...


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Monday, June 2, 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 7, 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 6, 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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Sunday, December 2, 2012

There is no such thing as "Digital Estate Planning"

Should you do "Digital Estate Planning?"  It sounds like the modern, up-to-date thing to do.  I explain that there is no such thing, and what you should do instead.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Sticky Note" Estate Planning

Metrowest Daily News has published my article:  "Stick Note Estate Planning."  To read it, click here


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Jennifer A. Deland, Counselor-at-Law advises clients throughout the Metrowest area, including Holliston, Hopkinton, Milford, Medway, Medfield, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Sherborn, Dover, Southborough, Sudbury and Westborough.

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