Estate Planning

It is a common misconception that if a person has a will, there will be no need for court proceedings upon their death. In Massachusetts, however, a will must always be admitted to probate, a process requiring various forms of …

When preparing your estate plan, it is essential to designate the proper fiduciaries to handle your affairs during your incapacity or after your death. How do you choose the right person for each of these roles? This is one of …

Patricia Malley of Burns & Levinson

Recent online articles have widely reported that Naomi Judd allegedly left nothing in her will to her two daughters, Wynonna and Ashley Judd, and appointed her husband of 33 years, Larry Strickland, as the executor of her estate. The internet …

Why Young Adults Need Estate Plans Too

After graduating college and getting your life started, you are filled with pride, excitement and anticipation for your new career and freedom from school. Your last thought is to hire an attorney and prepare an estate plan. It is a …

Alex Harrington, Burns & Levinson

Alex Harrington, Burns & Levinson

When a loved one passes away and their estate plan is revealed for the first time, it is common to experience varied emotions, including curiosity, disappointment, and anger. Depending on the beneficial interests or fiduciary appointments under the will, you …

 

Who can bring an action in Fiduciary Litigation?

A common question in Fiduciary Litigation is who exactly can bring a lawsuit. In other words, who can be the Plaintiff or Petitioner? The legal question is whether or not an …

How Do I Protect My Generous, Impaired Grandparent?

Picture this: your beloved grandfather hands out cash gifts to his three grandchildren every year on their birthdays. Each grandchild receives $100 every year like clockwork. Then, one year, your grandfather gives your cousin $1,000. The next month, he again …