How To Prepare for Death or Disability

No one wants to face the fact that our loved ones will not be with us forever. Facing our own mortality is frightening as well. Although none of us wants to contemplate a time when we or a loved one might become disabled or die, it is important to prepare for death or disability.

There are many actions families can take in advance of death or disability to avoid future conflicts or uncertainties:

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What Qualities Should You look for When Choosing An Executor?

Choosing your executor (personal representative) is an important part of the estate planning process. This will be the individual who will be taking care of all the logistical matters surrounding your Last Will and Testament and seeing to it that your final wishes are carried out. The Law Offices of Patricia Bloom-McDonald assists clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts in planning their estates and helping them to choose appropriate executors.

All that careful work you’ve done with your estate planning attorney means little the Executor does not manage your estate properly.

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Britney Spears’ battle with her father

The news about Britney Spears’ battle with her father to end his appointment of Guardian over Britney garnered its fair share of headlines. But Britney’s high profile guardianship battle was hardly the first and won’t be the last.

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Add “Powers of Attorney” to Your College Student’s Back-to-School Checklist

If you’re preparing to send a child off to college this fall, you should add two documents to your back-to-school checklist: (1) a power of attorney for health care [a/k/a Health Care Proxy], and (2) a durable power of attorney for finances.  Without these two documents, you may not have the authority to make health care decisions or manage finances for your child once they reach age 18.

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Teenagers off to College?

This time of year is always so exciting for parents and their graduating teenagers. Proms. Parties. Pictures. Graduations. Prepping for college. But before you do all that, there is something else parents should consider for your high school graduate: their estate plan.

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