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Donald Simmons

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Tax, Estate, Business

Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey; admitted to the bar 1990, Massachusetts. Education: Stonehill College (B.S.B.A., 1982); Boston College (J.D., 1990). Ce... (more)

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Carl Emilio D'Angio

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Accident & Injury, Estate, Divorce & Family Law, Lawsuit & Dispute

Carl D'Angio graduated from New England School of Law in 1989 near the top of his class concentrating his studies in the areas of real estate and asse... (more)

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Russell F. Peck

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Estate, Real Estate, Insurance, Trusts, Lawsuit & Dispute

Peck Law Offices was established in 1960 by the late Russell Peck, Sr. His aim was to start a law firm dedicated to providing probate administrati... (more)

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Robert A. Jutras Lawyer

Robert A. Jutras

Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Elder Law, Business

Bob has been practicing law for twenty-nine years and is licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Bob attended the University of New Hampsh... (more)

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Harold Jacobi

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Accident & Injury, Criminal, Real Estate, Business, Estate

Harold Jacobi, III is the founding member of the firm. Mr. Jacobi has been a Massachusetts practicing attorney since 1970. Mr. Jacobi opened his own l... (more)

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Christopher E. Sawin Lawyer

Christopher E. Sawin

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Criminal

Christopher E. Sawin is Founder and Principle Attorney of Sawin Law, P.C., where he concentrates his practice in family law, probate, estate planning,... (more)

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Steven A. Ciulla

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Power of Attorney, Social Security, Personal Injury
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Attorney Ciulla's practice serves the needs of individuals who have been injured or disabled. He has spent the majority of his professional career hel... (more)

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Scott L. Machanic

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Personal Injury, Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning
Big Firm Experience With A Small Town Personal Touch

Mr. Machanic has extensive experience in trial and appellate litigation. He has handled a wide range of business, bankruptcy, real estate, personal in... (more)

Alexander F. X. Matulewicz Lawyer

Alexander F. X. Matulewicz

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Power of Attorney

Mr. Matulewicz has won numerous honors, including national championships in high school, and the National Moot Court competition in law school. He has... (more)

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John F. Gallant

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Accident & Injury, Divorce & Family Law, Business, Real Estate, Estate

John has served as lead trial counsel in hundreds of litigation cases in his extensive trial practice in State and Federal Courts throughout the Unite... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

ABSTRACT OF TRUST

A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract... (more...)
A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract of trust to a financial organization or other institution to prove that you have established a valid living trust, without revealing specifics that you want to keep private. In some states, this document is called a 'certification of trust.'

RULE AGAINST PERPETUITIES

An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For examp... (more...)
An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For example, a person would not be allowed to leave property to her husband for his life, then to her children for their lives, then to her grandchildren. The gift would potentially go to the grandchildren at a point too remote in time.

ESTATE TAXES

Taxes imposed by the state or federal government on property as it passes from the dead to the living. All property you own, whatever the form of ownership, and... (more...)
Taxes imposed by the state or federal government on property as it passes from the dead to the living. All property you own, whatever the form of ownership, and whether or not it goes through probate after your death, is subject to federal estate tax. Currently, however, federal estate tax is due only if your property is worth at least $2 million when you die. The estate tax is scheduled to be repealed for one year, in 2010, but Congress will probably make the repeal (or a very high exempt amount) permanent. Any property left to a surviving spouse (if he or she is a U.S. citizen) or a tax-exempt charity is exempt from federal estate taxes. Many states now also impose their own estate taxes or inheritance taxes.

DEED OF TRUST

See trust deed.

ESTATE PLANNING

The art of continuing to prosper when you're alive, and passing your property to your loved ones with a minimum of fuss and expense after you die. Planning your... (more...)
The art of continuing to prosper when you're alive, and passing your property to your loved ones with a minimum of fuss and expense after you die. Planning your estate may involve making a will, living trust, healthcare directives, durable power of attorney for finances or other documents.

INVENTORY

A complete listing of all property owned by a deceased person at the time of death. The inventory is filed with the court during probate. The executor or admini... (more...)
A complete listing of all property owned by a deceased person at the time of death. The inventory is filed with the court during probate. The executor or administrator of the estate is responsible for making and filing the inventory.

SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE

The person or institution who takes over the management of trust property when the original trustee has died or become incapacitated.

FUNDING A TRUST

Transferring ownership of property to a trust.

ENTITY

An organization, institution or being that has its own existence for legal or tax purposes. An entity is often an organization with an existence separate from i... (more...)
An organization, institution or being that has its own existence for legal or tax purposes. An entity is often an organization with an existence separate from its individual members--for example, a corporation, partnership, trust, estate or government agency. The entity is treated like a person; it can function legally, be sued, and make decisions through agents.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF BEAUREGARD

Discussion. When a will is traced to the testator's possession or to where he had ready access to it and the original cannot be located after his death, there are three plausible explanations for the will's absence: (1) the testator destroyed it with the intent to revoke it; (2) the will ...

Equity One, Inc. v. Estate of Williams

72 Mass. App. Ct. 1108 (2008). EQUITY ONE, INC. v. ESTATE OF ALFRED WILLIAMS & others. No. 07-P-493. Appeals Court of Massachusetts. July 16, 2008. Decision Pursuant to Rule 1:28. Judgment reversed.

REAL ESTATE BAR ASSOCIATION FOR MASSACHUSETTS, INC. v. National Real Estate Information Services

William P. O'Donnell, Anthony J. Vigliotti, Robert F. Kelley, John R. Buckley, Jr., F. Sydney Smithers, IV, & Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., for Register of Deeds for Berkshire County & others. ... Matthew J. Maiona for the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers ...