Author: Ann Hetherwick Cahill

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

After discussing disinheritance in our April blog series and divorce in our May blog series, in June we will focus on the natural step after divorce:  blended families.  Specifically, our June blog series will examine the importance of planning for …

What Happens When a Spouse Dies During the Divorce Process?

hether 2To wrap up our series on the impact of divorce on estate planning and probate litigation and to dovetail on Tiffany Bentley’s post discussing a former spouse’s death after divorce, this blog changes the timeline:  death during a divorce.  Divorce …

Help, My Spouse Disinherited Me!

hether 2We previously discussed how Massachusetts protects a surviving spouse from disinheritance through a statutory elective share of the Estate.  But what if a surviving spouse’s statutory elective share is very small due to the family composition?  There are a few …

Continuing to focus on one broad topic each month, our posts in April will examine the topic of spousal disinheritance.  We will discuss this topic from several different angles, including circumstances in which it could be an agreed-upon disinheritance through …

The Impact of Coronavirus on Probate Litigation

CaptureThis is a special post to address the impact of COVID-19 on our Courts, with a specific eye on probate litigation cases.  The Supreme Judicial Court, the Probate and Family Courts, and the Superior Courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts …