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New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

New Year’s resolutions are a way to start off the New Year right. Usually, they have to do with improving ourselves.  Whether it is to lose weight, exercise, learn a new skill, etc. More often than not, the resolution only lasts a few weeks or a couple of months. Here is an...

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Why Do I Need a Trust If I’m Not Wealthy?

Although many people associate trusts with having a large estate, trusts can serve several important purposes for middle-class individuals and families. The best way to find out if one or more trusts can be beneficial for you is to consult with a knowledgeable trust and estate attorney. If you live in...

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Tips on How to Downsize When You’re a Senior

Moving to a new home, even when you’re excited at the prospect, is accompanied by a good deal of stress, especially when you’re an older person. So much to think about — selling, buying, leasing, or renting property, deciding how to approach downsizing, and trying to coordinate and organize the complicated physical,...

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How to Prepare for Older Out-of-Town Guests

There is no greater joy than seeing generations gathered together for the holidays. It does take some thoughtful planning and coordinating, however. If you are having your aging parents or grandparents staying with you, be sure to prep your house for someone who is more advanced in age. Here are some tips...

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Estate Planning for Snowbirds

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once joked, “My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that's the law.” It’s funny because it seems like everyone becomes a snowbird once they retire. Thanks to old man winter here in Southeastern Massachusetts, a large number of retirees do flock like snowbirds...

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Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families

According to Pew Research, more than 40 percent of American adults have a step relative and a sizable portion of American children are living in households with a stepparent, stepsibling or half-sibling. This is a statistic the estate planning attorneys of Surprenant & Beneski pay close attention to, since we are...

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