Digital Life After Death: What Happens To One’s Social Media and Online Storage Accounts After Death?

With an estimated 1.23 billion active monthly Facebook users at the end of 2013, nearly 1 out of every 6 people on planet earth have at least some identity or presence on line.  In the United States, nearly 1 out of 3 people review or update their Facebook account each day!  We share photos, vacation … Continue reading Digital Life After Death: What Happens To One’s Social Media and Online Storage Accounts After Death?

The Financial Effects of the Downfall of DOMA on Married Same-Sex Couples

There are sure to be many financial ramifications for married same-sex couples across the United States after the Supreme Court’s decision this summer in the case of United States v. Windsor striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had defined marriage federally as being between one man and one … Continue reading The Financial Effects of the Downfall of DOMA on Married Same-Sex Couples

Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Benefits

As we all know, the Defense of Marriage Act disqualifies same-sex married couples from the innumerable federal benefits of marriage, including social security benefits.  At least two federal lawsuits are challenging the legality of DOMA, one of which is presently before the United States Supreme Court. Boston-based GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has … Continue reading Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Benefits

The Family Trust: Protecting Your Children’s Inheritance

One of the most common phrases we hear from younger families who are beginning the estate planning process for the first time is, “We don’t have a lot of money. We just need a simple will to name guardians for our children."  With new expenses like diapers, car seats, and daycare to consider, a family … Continue reading The Family Trust: Protecting Your Children’s Inheritance