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Planning to Keep the Family Home In the Family!


Somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away, siblings never disagree over how to care for an aging parent. Step-children never fight over who is entitled to which assets. Grandchildren never blow through inheritances. And families

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What Makes a Good Estate Planning Attorney?


Recently, a new client came to us to discuss her mother’s estate planning, as well as concerns regarding an irrevocable trust that her dad had created for her mom. We told her, in less than

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Courts Seek to Clarify How States Can Tax Trusts


Every state has laws concerning how trusts are taxed.  Varying state laws can result in situations where a trust might be required to file tax returns in three or more separate jurisdictions based on any number of

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What Happens to my Mortgage When I Die?


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There is a lot of misunderstanding about the “due-on-sale” clause in most mortgage documents. Most loans permit a lender to call a mortgage loan (require it to be paid in full) when the real property

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Happy Independence Day: Office Hours


          Dear friends, in celebration of the 4th of July holiday, we are closed today, 7/4, and tomorrow, 7/5. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, 7/8. Have a joyful

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Connecticut Trust Laws Get Major Overhaul


Last week, Connecticut enacted HB 7104, adopting the Uniform Trust Act.  If signed into law, the new legislation will bring significant change to Connecticut trust laws beginning in 2020. Dynasty Trusts   Under the new legislation,

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