A solid estate plan is vital when considering the future of your loved ones. After all, you want to ensure that they are protected and provided for even when you are no longer there to do it personally. A standard estate plan will cover the basics, including wills, trusts, power of attorney and health care proxy – but sometimes circumstances require additional estate planning considerations. One such circumstance is considering the care of a child or grandchild with special needs. In these cases, the child may need care and support that surpasses financial concerns. If you are the parent, guardian or grandparent of a child with special needs then it is not only vital for you to have an estate plan, but that you also make additional provisions for the child’s future. In order to do this, there are three documents that will be integral to your estate plan. Read more.
October has been a busy month for Fields and Dennis, with both Sheryl Dennis and Jon Fields attending major conferences where they had the opportunity to keep apprised of the latest updates in their fields and share their own knowledge and experience with the legal community.
Jon Fields recently attended the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Annual Networking and Educational Forum on “The Power of Our Collective Wisdom.” The IACP is an international community of professionals working in law, mental health and finance who work toward creating client-minded ways to settle conflict and resolve problems collaboratively. Now in its 14th year, the Forum welcomes more than 5,000 members from 20 countries
Jon Fields is a proponent of collaborative law and sits as a Director on the Board of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC). He is skilled in this relatively new form of dispute resolution, and was excited to be a part of the IACP forum, where he had the opportunity to share his expertise with others in the field.
Sheryl Dennis recently attended the Special Needs Trust National Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. Celebrating its 15th year in 2013, the conference provides an intensive discussion of the predominant concerns regarding special needs trusts. Events at the conference included a wide assortment of knowledgeable speakers presenting on a number of topics, both basic and advanced, of importance to lawyers working in the field.
From tax concerns to living arrangements, the conference is the go-to source for the latest information on estate planning for people with special needs, special needs trusts and trust administration. As one of the top Massachusetts estate planners, Sheryl Dennis makes it a priority to stay informed on the latest news in all aspects of estate planning. Fields and Dennis prides itself on their dedication and unique, compassionate approach to family law – and Sheryl surely benefited from, and enjoyed, her time at the recent conference.