Author: Ann Hetherwick Cahill

New Year’s Resolution – Try To Avoid Probate Litigation

As 2020 comes to a close, we suggest a New Year’s resolution that will benefit you, your family, and your hard-earned assets: try to avoid probate litigation. Taking a few steps now will save your loved ones stress and agony …

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the production team at Beyond the Will, we’d like to thank you for checking in and reading along this year. From COVID-19 impacts and updates to the trials and tribulations of our fictional Smith and Alexander families, …

A Family History of the Smiths & Alexanders

Welcome to the story of the Smiths and the Alexanders — made-up people with a wild accumulation of fictional (but factual) circumstances that raise all kinds of probate and fiduciary litigation issues. What potential problems do you spot here? What …

We are kicking off the Fall with a two-month series focused on special needs planning, guardianships, and conservatorship issues.  We will explore special needs trusts and then dive into guardianships and conservatorships, including filing requirements for guardianships and conservatorships, who …

Resolving Cases During the Pandemic

Alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) is a broad term to describe methods to resolve a case outside of the traditional courtroom, such as through mediation and arbitration.  Before the pandemic, cases often resolved through ADR; however, since the pandemic, there has …

Opportunities in the Pandemic

Cahill 7.30-01During the past four months of living through COVID-19 and adjusting to social distancing changes in our lifestyle and litigation practices, we have been compelled to rethink how and where we practice law.  Opportunities have emerged in our litigation practices …

Blended Families and Intestacy Laws with Step-Children

The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (“MUPC”), which went into effect on March 31, 2012, significantly changed estate administration in Massachusetts.  One particular area of change was taking into account modern “blended families” for the first time.  Blended families are very