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Is it Time to Update Your Estate Plan?

We recommend that our clients review their estate planning documents (including wills, trusts and incapacity documents) at least every 5-7 years. In addition, there are certain events which should prompt you to review your estate plan. For example, if any of the following changes have occurred after the execution of your documents, it’s time for a review with your estate planning attorney:

  • You moved to another state
  • There has been a change in family circumstances, such as: 1) the birth of a child, 2) a minor child reaching the age of majority, 3) marriage, 4) death or 5) divorce
  • There has been a significant change in the value of your assets, or you have sold or acquired valuable assets
  • Changes in the law

For example, we are recommending that all of our clients review their current estate planning documents and asset allocation, as a result of the recent passage of the SECURE ACT (effective on January 1, 2020), which changed the law that applied to retirement accounts.

For further reading, visit The Wall Street Journal.

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Katherine R. Dorval

Katie Dorval is an established estate planning attorney who helps individuals, couples and families, both in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with estate, trust, business succession planning and other complex estate and administration needs.

Katie’s expertise includes traditional estate planning documents such as wills and trusts, but she also routinely advises clients regarding asset protection, real estate holding entities, limited liability companies, family limited partnerships and shareholder buy-out agreements.

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Katie Dorval is an established estate planning attorney who helps individuals, couples and families, both in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with estate, trust, business succession planning and other complex estate and administration needs.

Katie’s expertise includes traditional estate planning documents such as wills and trusts, but she also routinely advises clients regarding asset protection, real estate holding entities, limited liability companies, family limited partnerships and shareholder buy-out agreements.

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