Thomas H. Sullivan
Attorney at Law
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Can I Make a Video Will?
Posted on: July 10th, 2019
In the golden age of the smartphone, you’re never far from a camera. This has made the sharing of videos and photos easier than ever before. Easy access to a quality camera has led many people to wonder: can I make a video will? More importantly, folks are curious about whether such a “will” can hold up in court. Given how ubiquitous technology is these days, it’s natural to have such questions!...
Can I Make Estate Plans Without My Spouse?
Posted on: July 8th, 2019
The average American family has changed a great deal over the last few decades. The assumption that a couple will share finances, tax obligations, and a last name is one that does not necessarily apply in the 21st century. There are more options than ever before to keep your finances, identity, and future plans separate. This sense of independence leads many married people to question: can I make estate planning decisions without involving my spouse? The answer can be more complicated than you might expect....
Estate Planning for Military Families
Posted on: July 4th, 2019
No matter the time of year, it is always a good opportunity for members of the military and their loved ones to consider setting up — or revising an existing —estate plan. Military families need to consider special estate-planning issues that others do not. This is particularly true when one or more family members are deployed overseas. Beyond this, members of the military have access to special benefits and resources. This can become complicated and, for this reason, it is important to seek special help if you are a military family....
Lifetime QTIP Trusts
Posted on: June 28th, 2019
Estate planning for married couples can be tricky when one spouse is significantly wealthier than the other, and each spouse wants different beneficiaries to ultimately inherit their estate. One solution to this problem is the Lifetime QTIP Trust. ...
Is Your Estate Plan Unfinished?
Posted on: June 24th, 2019
For most people, thinking about one’s own mortality is unpleasant and low on the list of priorities. While you may objectively recognize the need to plan for your future – and the future of your loved ones after you’re gone – it can be hard to summon the motivation to actually create a will or trust. If you’ve made an effort to begin the process but haven’t finalized the details, consider this article the sign you need to finish up! When it comes to an estate plan, though, an unfinished one is about as useful as not having one at all....
Caution: Your Traditional Asset Protection Plan Is Set Up to Fail
Posted on: June 20th, 2019
You may be surprised to learn that not only has asset protection planning been around for a long time, but you likely have already engaged in it at some point during your life. In fact, you probably currently have one or more types of traditional asset protection planning in place. The problem is, in many cases, the type of planning you have right now won’t be enough to protect you and your family....