IRS Uses Private Collection Companies

By Eric P. Rothenberg, Esq. – The Internal Revenue Service [“IRS”] announced on April 5th , 2017 that they will begin to use private collection agencies to collect back taxes owed. Soon, the IRS will begin its process of sending letters to certain taxpayers that their past due federal tax accounts are being turned over […]

Estate Planning Should Always be a Team Effort

Posted by Robert L. Arone – A Team of Coordinated Professionals Is Your Clients’ Best Bet Picture a symphony’s worth of classical musicians all trying to play a piece in perfect harmony, but they can’t see one another. Each of them also has slightly different sheet music. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination […]

The Superior Alternative to “I Love You” Wills

Posted by Robert L. Arone – Guide Your Clients to Lifetime Beneficiary Directed Trusts Instead As Valentine’s Day brings heart-shaped chocolate boxes and roses by the dozen into your clients’ imaginations, seize the moment to educate them about the drawbacks of “I love you” wills and introduce them to the estate planning move that’s actually […]

Talking To Clients About Estate Planning In The New Year

Posted by Robert L. Arone – 2017 is fast approaching – my is time flying by. It seems like only yesterday we were in the midst of primary debates and a long election season. But with the new year comes a chance to recalibrate how you serve your clients and help them deal with the […]

Preparing for a New Administration

Posted by Robert L. Arone – Risks And Opportunities For Your Clients Under President-Elect Trump A new Presidential administration can bring sweeping changes in the tax codes, new rules for how wealth is taxed, and a litany of other legal and regulatory changes. As a result of Donald Trump’s electoral victory on November 8th combined […]

How and Why Life Insurance Still Matters in Estate Planning

Posted by Robert L. Arone – A frequently overlooked aspect of a client’s life insurance is proper alignment with estate planning goals. Between the typical set-it-and-forget-it mentality and a simple beneficiary approach many people take, a neglected life insurance policy often fails to achieve the goals that initially led to the purchase of the policy. […]

Help Your Clients Save at Tax Time

Posted by Robert L. Arone – 6 Important Conversations to Have with Your Clients Before the Hustle and Bustle of the Holidays As summer gives way to fall, it’s time to start thinking about year-end tax planning. This is an opportunity to communicate with your clients, offer solutions, and deepen your relationship by helping them […]

Elder Law: Plan Early, Update Often

Posted by Gerald Turner – For any of us that have helped an elder family member with healthcare issues or end of life planning, we have been asked by doctors about healthcare proxies, advance directives, and powers of attorney. We are often asked if we have these documents when seeing our primary care physician even […]


By Eric P. Rothenberg, Esq. – It was the spring of 2001 when Marlborough residents David and Paula [neither their real names nor their real town] decided to buy another boat. They had previously owned a boat and while searching they found a used 1998 Wellcraft from a respected dealer on Long Island, New York. […]

How to Overcome the Challenges of Legacy Planning that Plague Blended Families

Posted by Robert L. Arone – As you’ve probably already noticed, estate planning can be challenging – not only for the “traditional” nuclear family but, also for the millions of “non-traditional” families. The blended family scenarios are virtually endless – a spouse with independent wealth that marries a younger new spouse, children from a previous […]