October 2017 Archives

3 tips for divorce-proofing your company

When you start a business, you have hopes of it succeeding. The same goes for a marriage. Unfortunately, some companies and marital unions are not forever. But just because one ends does not mean the other one does. If your relationship with your spouse goes south, you should be able to keep your business intact.

Don't underestimate sentimental value when estate planning

When making a will, people in Quincy may initially think of how they're going to distribute their big-ticket items, such as their house, automobiles, stocks and bank accounts. However, they should not underestimate pieces of personal property that, while they might not have a great deal of actual value, have a great deal of sentimental value.

College mergers in Massachusetts may be a sign of the times

Massachusetts is home to some of the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities. No matter what their size, each college and university in the state has its own rich and unique history and outstanding reputation. Given that historically mergers between colleges and universities have been rare, Massachusetts residents may have been surprised to hear that Wheelock College, established in 1888, is considering merging with the much larger Boston University.

How power of attorney differs from conservatorship & guardianship

At some point in your life, there may come a time when a loved one asks you to serve as a fiduciary, or someone with some type of decision-making power, on their behalf. Different roles might include that of power of attorney, a guardian or a conservator, and understanding the distinctions between them can help you better understand your position and the types of responsibilities that might come with it.

Massachusetts law addresses 4 kinds of child custody

When parents in Massachusetts divorce, they will need to make decisions regarding how they will care for their child once their marriage has ended. Massachusetts law recognizes four different kinds of child custody arrangements. They are sole legal custody, shared legal custody, sole physical custody and shared physical custody. Parents are free to work out child custody arrangements on their own, so long as the final agreement falls within these statutory definitions of custody. If parents reach a custody agreement out-of-court, it will be reviewed by the court to ensure it is in the best interests of the child.

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