Thomas H. Sullivan

Attorney at Law

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Do I Need a Will or Trust?

Posted on: February 7th, 2019
Yes! Everyone needs a will, trust, or both to ensure your legacy is passed on in the way you intend, to provide for children, spouse, and family members, and in the case of trusts, to avoid probate. Wills and trusts are not just for the wealthy: A well-drafted plan ensures that what you do have is not wasted in probate court, establishes your intentions for sentimental items and family heirlooms, and can even state your wishes for the care of pets....

11 Common Estate Planning Mistakes

Posted on: February 7th, 2019
Review this 11-point checklist to avoid the most common mistakes that could be lurking in your estate plan....

Three Tips for Protecting Your Important Legal Paperwork in a Natural Disaster

Posted on: January 13th, 2019
The last year has been no stranger to natural disasters. From multiple earthquakes, back-to-back hurricanes, and raging wildfires, the United States and abroad has suffered some serious natural disasters. These acts of nature can devastate your life and your family. Who knows what 2019 will bring. ...

How to Manage Your Basis "Step Up"

Posted on: January 13th, 2019
​If you or someone you know has received an inheritance, it is important for you to understand how to manage your basis “step up.” A “step up” in basis is the adjustment of the value of an appreciated asset - for tax purposes - upon inheritance....

How is a corporate trustee different?

Posted on: January 13th, 2019
In its simplest terms, a trust is a legal arrangement in which a trustee holds and manages assets for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries. The trustee owns the assets, enters into contracts on behalf of the trust, manages the trust’s investments as its trustee, and follows the trust’s instructions on making distributions. A trustee can be one person, multiple people, or a company....

Did you or a loved one make any of these five critical estate planning mistakes?

Posted on: January 13th, 2019
Sadly, most Americans are indifferent to estate planning - at best - or completely ignore the issue - at worst. When it comes to estate planning, however, there are just some mistakes that you cannot afford to make. Below are five of the most critical estate planning mistakes....
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