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Helping Families With Wills and Trusts

At the Law Office of Kathleen L. Macaulay, my goal is to give you peace of mind by helping to ensure that you and your loved ones will be provided for in the event of your death or disability.

This can be an uncomfortable topic to consider, but it is critically important. A well-crafted estate plan can minimize the tax impact on the disposition of your assets, ensure a smooth transition of assets to your heirs, and most importantly, allow you to plan now for the care and well-being of your children, relatives, and friends after you are gone.

What is a guardianship?

And how do they work?

A guardianship is a court-supervised administration for a minor or for an incapacitated person.  A person -- called the guardian -- is appointed by a court to care for the person and/or property of the minor or incapacitated person -- called the ward.  In other states, guardianships are called conservatorships.

There are two types of guardians and guardianship.  A guardian is appointed to take care of the physical well-being of a ward, also called a guardian of the person, while a guardian appointed to take care of the ward's property is called a guardian of the estate.  In some cases, only one type of guardian is appointed for a particular ward.  In many cases, both a guardian of the person and a guardian of the estate is appointed for a ward.  (Often, but not always, they are the same person.)

Kathleen L. Macaulay is a licensed attorney with over twelve years experience whose practice focuses on estate planning, probate matters, and related tax advice. This includes drafting wills and medical powers of attorney, establishing trusts to preserve assets, managing probate estates.