Laurie Israel

QTIPs Made Easy

February 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Estate Planning

by Laurie Israel, Esq. and Deborah Danger, Esq.

A big part of my job as an estate planning lawyer is helping people plan for where their money goes after they die. Much of this planning revolves around determining how to minimize estate taxes, and yet get the money to those people who are my clients’ loved ones in the most beneficial way. In this article, we will focus on Federal and Massachusetts law; many other states have estate tax laws similar to those of Massachusetts.

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Laurie Israel

A Cautionary Tale — How Not To Prepare For Aging

July 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Elders

 What follows is a composite of a story (really a family tragedy) that occurs again and again as people age.  It has to do with aging parents, the onset of dementia, and insufficient preparation for the future.

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Laurie Israel

How Mediation Can Help an Elder

February 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Elders

Mediation, a form of out-of-court dispute resolution, is very much in the news these days.

Everyone’s heard about divorce mediation, and maybe you have a friend or family member who has used it for his or her divorce.  A new field of mediation, marital mediation, is now emerging.  In marital mediation, a mediator helps a couple who wants to stay married resolve their conflicts.  It is an alternative to marital counseling, and sometimes it works when marital counseling does not.

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