Sullivan & Clark offers "old-school" and "high-tech" approaches to estate planning.
Which approach do you prefer?
OLD SCHOOL - An old-fashioned, in-person, sit down with a seasoned attorney to discuss your estate planning questions and needs. We are glad to schedule a one- to two-hour office visit and take the time to listen and think about the best options for you. After assessing the situation, we can give you a flat-rate fee based on the work required. (House calls are available for those who cannot travel.)
HIGH-TECH - Preliminary work can be done through online tools and video conference meetings. Massachusetts does not permit electronic signing of wills (but it seems to be on the horizon) therefore, an in-person document signing meeting is still necessary.
Estate planning can be short and simple, or involved and complex. Some people like to reflect on it for several months, and others like to just get it done. Call us today for a free consultation (For the "old-school' style, ask to speak with Judy or Jason; for a "high-tech" approach, ask to speak with Jason.)
Here is a fun survey that can remind you of different aspects of estate planning.
If you click the link below, the results will be shared with me and I will be glad to follow up
I believe in social businesses. Although Milton Friedman made some good points in his 1970 NYT article on "The Social Responsibility of Business," and the debate has continued since then, recent developments and successful examples of social businesses offer a new perspective.
The question goes back to earliest modern economists and reminds us of the challenges of a free society: who is responsible for social welfare and what is the best way to it?
“Self interest rightly understood” among Americans was described by Tocqueville in 1840 (II.2.8) as: “an enlightened regard for themselves [that] constantly prompts them to assist one another and inclines them willingly to sacrifice a portion of their time and property to the welfare of the state.” Investors, owners, and all stakeholders, have long known the advantages of businesses that operate as responsible members of their communities.
Responsibility means being cognizant of the various relationships that make up an economy: relationships with the natural environment, with social and political institutions of cities and towns, and with individual stakeholders -- that is, all who have a stake in the existence of the company, such as employees, other businesses, organizations, neighbors, and shareholders. Profitability is viewed and measured to some extent by its relational successes.
If you are interested in exploring the world of social business and benefit corporations, there are many resources available, and I always love to chat about the possibilities, even for small businesses and idealistic entrepreneurs.
Social Business - Yunus
Benefit Corporations - benefitcorp.net | BCorp
Deloitte Millennial Survey
Fredrick Alexander Website
News for Landlords: There are now Housing Court sessions for all jurisdictions in Massachusetts. If you file a Summary Process or eviction case in your local district court, it may be removed to the Housing Court by the defendant.
The Woburn Session of the Northeast Housing Court serves Bedford, Burlington, Concord, Everett, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.
The Northeast Housing Court - Woburn Session is located at (the Middlesex Superior Court):
200 Trade Center
Courtroom 540 - 5th Floor
Woburn, MA 01801.
The Session is open and has hearings only on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until all cases are finished. Therefore, the closing time for the Woburn Session may vary between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Please check back in a couple of months to see our new resources for eviction cases on our Landlord-Tenant pages.
At Sullivan & Clark, we tailor our approach to the specific estate administration needs, not the other way around. Whether your estate is relatively simple or very complex, we will discuss it with you so there are fewer surprises.
Have you heard stories about families who were stunned by astronomical fees and costs? With our DEFINED RATE program, you'll know what to expect, and will have more control over fees and costs. See our PROBATE & ADMINISTRATION COST OUTLINE.
How do you (1) administer efficiently and correctly, (2) save money, and (3) reduce stress?
The answer is: Communication. Phone calls, email and online updates, and easy access to information are all part of the process.
The following options might be appropriate for your situation:
The Norfolk County Law Library (left) at the Registry of Deeds in Dedham is one of fifteen Trial Court Law Libraries across Massachusetts that is open to court researchers, attorneys, and the public. Librarians cannot give legal advice, but you can receive legal reference assistance, borrow books, and use electronic resources. Reading about your legal issue prior to visiting a lawyer helps you prepare questions and sense whether he or she has sufficient knowledge to help you with your legal needs.
Find a law library near you: