Thomas H. Sullivan

Attorney at Law

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Questions to Ask When Hiring a Fiduciary

Posted on: October 21st, 2021
A comprehensive estate plan consists of several documents that accomplish three important things. First, they lay out your wishes for the handling of your money and property during life and at death. Second, they explain your medical wishes if you are no longer able to make them yourself or communicate them to others. Third, they list the trusted individuals you want to carry out your financial and medical wishes....

Why You Might Want to Go through Probate

Posted on: October 15th, 2021
Avoiding probate is a common goal for individuals deciding how they want their money and property to be handled when they pass. It is a worthy one and is regularly promoted by estate planning attorneys across the nation. However, probate is not an inherently bad process and does not always need to be avoided....

Estate Planning Awareness Week

Posted on: October 13th, 2021
In 2008, Congress recognized the need for the public to understand the importance and benefits of estate planning by passing House Resolution 1499, which designated the third week of October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Nevertheless, according to a 2021 survey conducted by, only 33 percent of adults in the United States have any estate planning documents such as a will or trust, despite the fact that approximately two-thirds of the respondents viewed such documents as somewhat or very important....

A Cautionary Tale about Conservatorships

Posted on: October 5th, 2021
A conservatorship is a legal means of stripping someone of their right to make certain decisions for themselves. This drastic measure, provided for under the law, is typically implemented with the best of intentions. Many people who suffer mental health challenges or disabilities, dementia, or extreme physical disabilities require the help of someone who can make informed decisions that are in their best interests. However, a conservatorship is an extreme step and should be approached with great caution—an individual’s liberties are at stake....

Is Our Home Community Property or Separate Property?`

Posted on: October 2nd, 2021
When two people get married, the property they obtain during their marriage is called marital property. This includes anything from real property like homes and rental properties, to stock options, investment accounts, heirlooms, and employment income. A common assumption is that spouses want to share their property with each other. This assumption is not always true, however. There are instances in which the couple does not want to automatically share or transfer ownership based solely on the existence of the marriage. More importantly, from a legal perspective, this is not the default arrangement....

Important Questions Your Estate Planning Attorney Will Ask You

Posted on: September 28th, 2021
For many people, the thought of meeting with an estate planning attorney strikes fear into their hearts. It can be uncomfortable to even consider the possibility of no longer being able to manage your own affairs, let alone no longer being alive, with your property and accounts passing to someone else. For far too many people, this causes them to put off the crucial task of estate planning. As a result, they are utterly unprepared when something unfortunate happens to them or their loved ones. And let’s face it: All the legal speak can be confusing and intimidating. Do you need a will? Do you need a trust? Or do you need both? What about powers of attorney? And what the heck is a “living will”?...
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