Author: Ann Hetherwick Cahill

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

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 …