2021 is finally approaching its end and while life hasn’t necessarily returned to a state of normalcy (and it seems abnormal may be the new normal), there remains plenty to be grateful for. At our firm, 2021 has been a year of transitions for us.
As Thanksgiving approaches, this is the time I begin to reflect on the year and remember the bad and the good (I try to focus on the good!). As I think about my life, I know I have been enormously blessed. I am healthy, lucky to live in a beautiful city, and grateful to have had the opportunity to use my talents that allow me to help others and provide for my family.
2021 Massachusetts SuperLawyer and Rising Star! Thank you to all our friends and colleagues. Anna Byrne has the honor of being listed as a SuperLawyer in Massachusetts and Eileen M. Curtin is a Rising Star! It's been an honor and a privilege to share the list with so many esteemed attorneys who we [...]
As we approach the end of Daylight Saving Time, I am reminded how precious time is. It’s typically during this season that I tend to look back over my year and wonder if I made the most of the extra daylight hours. Daylight Savings can be such a ritualistic event: we are reminded to change our smoke detector’s batteries, update our passwords, or use this event as a trigger for other annual check-ups. One important exercise is to...
The changing seasons are also bringing exciting transformations to Eckert Byrne. We are thrilled to announce the addition of Attorney Timothy R. Weeks, J.D., LL.M (Taxation) to our estate planning team on October 1st! Tim has experience with high-net-worth families in crafting estate plans that meet each family’s goals, including drafting planning documents, gifting trusts, business succession, and special needs planning.
Natural disasters seem to occur more frequently now more than ever, so I thought it might be a good time for us to secure the things we hold precious and in physical form. Photos, passports, family stories and mementos, social security cards, tax records, estate planning binders, and so on. But, how do we store them? One idea is to digitize these items and scan them so they can be stored as digital assets.
Incredibly, we are more than halfway through the year 2021. As the summer boils on and Cambridge continues to reopen, we hope you are all staying cool and refreshed, while still enjoying the bounties a New England summer has to offer. We are eager to continue cautiously returning to the office and, with the return to our home away from home, we are also thrilled to announce another new addition to our Estate Planning/Administrative team.
As we emerge from the pandemic, we are slowly welcoming back clients into our office. This is allowing us to conduct more in-person meetings and schedule what may be one of our most important services: the Family Legacy Meeting. Never has it felt so satisfying to connect with other members of our community and we hope to take full advantage of this newly regained privilege.
I am delighted to announce the release of my second book, The Inheritor’s Guide: A Legal, Financial, and Emotional Guide for Adult Children Managing Their Parents' Legacy. The Inheritor’s Guide is a manual for anyone who has lost a parent and wants to gain an understanding of the step-by-step process of transitioning wealth from one generation to the next.
Today, we celebrate #NationalLegacyDay, a day where we encourage you to review your estate plan and ensure your legacy documents are in order and up to date. Each year on May 24th, we recommend a comprehensive review of wills, trusts, health care directives, funding, passwords, and all the documents needed to secure one’s legacy, gain peace of mind, and make things easy for loved ones.