Thanks to the Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem (MAGAL) for inviting Attorney Jonathan Fields to speak at their annual conference on November 7 on high-conflict cases in litigation and mediation. The keynote speaker, Bill Eddy, was terrific. The title, too, was excellent– “I’m OK, You’re a X$!#@&%!!!: High-Conflict Behavior in Family Law Cases.”
Estate planning is not a topic that many like to think about. After all, planning for our death can be a morbid way to pass the time. But, instead of thinking about the negative, it is important to remember the positive attributes of estate planning – namely, the security and future well-being of your family and loved ones.
Many are intimidated by estate planning, assuming that it is a complicated task and one they needn’t worry about if they do not have a high-net worth estate. Yet, that is untrue, and one of the primary estate planning mistakes people make.
Everyone should have an estate plan, regardless of tax bracket. And, if you have engaged in some form of estate planning, you have already managed to avoid this mistake.
Here are 3 other estate planning mistakes that you can easily avoid. Read more.
At the start of the summer, we shared important information for parents and grandparents with loved ones turning 18. These estate planning tips are especially important to consider as students head to college this September.
Back-to-School planning can be a whirlwind, and while this planning typically involves stocking up on bulk cases of ramen noodles and extra-long sheets, it should also include a real conversation about what it means to be eighteen and away from home (most likely, for the first time).
Your eighteen-year-old child or grandchild may be so excited to start their college experience, that they may not be aware of how their changing legal status will impact them in a variety of ways. Read more.
Jonathan E. Fields was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2015 edition in the field of Family Law. The listing is based entirely on exhaustive peer-review surveys and, according to the publisher, “is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.” A Federal Court judge praised the list as “a shorthand way of knowing a person is possessed of all the skill, the integrity, and the qualifications to serve and meet the highest ideals of a lawyer.”
Divorce is a highly emotional time and when you are going through such a trying life event, practical matters may be far from your mind. But despite the emotional toll, it is important that you consider financial matters – if not for yourself, for the well-being of your loved ones. You will get through this difficult period, and once you are on the other side, you will surely want to enjoy your new life.
Asset division can make an already emotionally heightened experience even more overwhelming, but if you take it one step at a time, you will get through it and be glad that you didn’t let your finances fall by the wayside in the midst of turmoil.
Here are 3 financial tips to help you through a complex divorce. Read more.
If you are going through a divorce, there are many things to consider. It is a difficult time, emotions are high, and you are confronted with a number of decisions that you may not be in the best state of mind to make. Now, no two divorces will be identical, so while having a support system who has “been there” can certainly be helpful, their situation may be extremely different then yours.
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to a divorce, and depending on how the decision was come upon, you and your ex may be on civil terms, but other times, if the relationship ended badly, communication and compromise may be impossible concepts to wrap your mind around. Because each divorce is different, each course of action is also different. While some couples have relatively simple cases without much contention between spouses, other couples may have more complex divorces that require careful and strategic planning. Read more.
Do you have a child 18+ years of age?
What happens if he/she is injured in a car accident?
Did you know that once your child/grandchild turns 18:
- You no longer have access to his/her medical records
- You no longer can call a hospital and see if he/she is admitted after an accident
- You no longer can make health care decisions for him/her, should they become injured or incapacitated
- You no longer can call a doctor’s office and make an appointment for him/her
- You no longer can help him/her with banking
- You no longer have access to his/her grades, and you no longer can assist your child/grandchild concerning his/her problems they may be experiencing at school
- You no longer can call the mail order prescription service to get him/her medication
What can you do? Read more.
Case Law Updates by Attorney Jonathan Fields from Family Mediation Quarterly, April 2014, including:
- Temporary Alimony Doesn’t Count.
With the proper estate planning, the following situations could have been avoided. The truth is, many fail to adequately plan their estate, which can potentially lead to outcomes such as these 5 worst-case scenarios. Read more.
Jon Fields will be participating in a Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program presentation on January 22, 2014 in Boston. He will be a part of a panel presenting on Collaborative Family Law Practice.
Attorney Fields is passionate about the practice of collaborative law, which is continually gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional approaches. To learn more about the collaborative law process, the MCLE panel is a great opportunity to learn from leaders in the field who are excited to share their knowledge and experience. Read more.