Does a Will Avoid Probate?

While a Last Will and Testament is a very important estate planning tool, it does not make an estate avoid probate. In fact, the role of the Will is to guide probate by capturing the decedent’s wishes. If a Will does not avoid the lengthy court process that is...

Estate Planning After Divorce

So, you’re officially divorced. In starting this new chapter of life, you should update your estate planning documents as soon as possible. You may no longer be legally married, but divorce does not automatically remove your prior spouse from your beneficiary...

The Ins and Outs of Estate Sales 

Following the death of a family member, you may find yourself needing to sort through many possessions accumulated over the deceased’s lifetime. An estate sale is one quick and efficient way to distribute those items that you do not want or need.  While selling...

Accessing ABA Treatment for Autism*

Vermont Act 158 requires private insurance and Medicaid to cover medically necessary treatments for the condition of autism and early childhood developmental disorders. One of the key therapies that is now covered is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA): a therapy that...

Special Needs Trusts 101

What is a Special Needs Trust? A Special Needs Trust is a legally binding document which enables a beneficiary with a disability to have a good quality of life, yet still qualify for important government benefits. Why is a Special Needs Trust Important? As adults, it...