What happens when you own a piece of real estate with someone else or a group of other people, but there is a disagreement on what to do with the property? Someone may want to sell, someone may want to rent, and someone else may want to use the property as a primary residence. Disputes over shared property can be a familiar scenario, typically amongst family. For example, parents may have deeded their home to their children as co-tenants, or perhaps a piece of property has passed down through…Read More
There are a number of rules that apply to receiving Social Security benefits and receiving work income for the same time period. To understand these, first differentiate between receiving benefits under the Social Security insurance programs, as compared to receiving benefits under the needs-based program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Insurance programs include Social Security Disability Insurance, Retirement Insurance, and dependency or survivors’…Read More
In June of this year, the Supreme Court overruled key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), thereby eliminating the definition of marriage as one between a man and woman. Not only did this represent a tremendous victory for same-sex spouses and modern families across the country, but it also extended numerous retirement benefits, employment benefits, and tax breaks that were not available pre-DOMA. We understand that it is difficult to read through all of …Read More
The divorce rate in the United States is currently about 50% of all marriages. Most parents do not want to see their estate assets go to a child’s divorced in-law in a marital property division even though they usually want their child, and their grandchildren, to benefit from their estate. What should parents do to take into consideration the possibility or probability of a child’s divorce?
The answer requires a general explanation of Massachusetts family law and how a probate…