Thomas H. Sullivan

Attorney at Law

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Investigate the Past and Impact the Future

Posted on: March 7th, 2020
Genealogy has long fascinated many people, and it continues to be studied by those who are interested in discovering who they descended from and what those family members were like. Many of us have gazed at black and white or sepia-tone photos of ancestors whose names we don’t know and wondered about their lives, joys, trials, and accomplishments. Fortunately, today, there are many resources making it much easier to discover information about prior generations of our families....

American Heart Month: Who Should Be My Medical Agent?

Posted on: February 5th, 2020
February has been celebrated as American Heart Month since 1963 in an effort to urge Americans to join the fight against heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women. It is also a great opportunity to consider who is the best person to act as your medical agent if you are stricken by a heart attack (or develop any other ailment) and are unable to make your own decisions about your health care or can't communicate your wishes....

Estate Planning Strategies to Protect Your Spouse

Posted on: February 5th, 2020
You have searched for and found the love of your life, maybe your first love, or maybe after a previous marriage. As you have built your life together, you have probably weathered your fair share of storms and grown stronger because of them. To prepare for the future and the possibility of no longer being around for your spouse, it is important that you plan now to protect the surviving spouse later. As part of a married couple, you are uniquely situated to further protect your loved one upon your passing through the use of special planning techniques only available to married individuals....

How to Minimize the (Voluntary) Federal Estate Tax with Portability

Posted on: February 5th, 2020
Surprising to most people, the federal estate tax is a voluntary tax. Estate planning attorneys used to say, "You only pay if you don’t plan." Now, portability of the federal estate tax exclusion provides both an alternative and a back up plan to lifetime tax planning. This means you might be able to minimize or even eliminate federal estate taxes even if you didn’t plan. Here’s how....

How to Protect Your Family When You and Your Spouse Work in the Same Business

Posted on: February 5th, 2020
You and your spouse live together, you work together, and chances are you spend a lot of your free time together. Having a successful marriage and business takes a lot of hard work and dedication but can also be among the most rewarding things in life. To help keep you on the right track, here are a few tips....

How to Protect Your Great Ideas or Works for Your Family

Posted on: February 5th, 2020
Your money, home, and vehicles are not the only things you should include in your estate plan. Your intellectual property and any income it generates should also be addressed. You do not have to be a famous author, painter, or inventor to have valuable intellectual property that could provide a stream of income for your family members or loved ones after you pass away....
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