Thomas H. Sullivan
Attorney at Law
Latest Blog Posts
What Happens to Your Digital Movies When You Die?
Posted on: July 25th, 2021
In today’s digital age, many people have a library of digital assets that may include items such as books, music, and movies. One of the perceived benefits of owning these digital items is having a convenient way to access your favorite media indefinitely with just a few mouse clicks. However, is it as simple as it seems? How do you own what you cannot touch? And if you cannot handle it, how do you pass it on? For those who own digital assets such as digital movies, these questions are at the heart of a new and interesting paradigm....
Common Law Marriage and Estate Planning
Posted on: July 25th, 2021
Marriage as a legal institution has taken a variety of forms throughout history. As society evolves, how we identify marriage in our society also changes. In some states, a couple may be deemed married without having participated in judicial or religious ceremonies. These marriages are called common law marriages. Their existence creates some potential issues when planning for illness or death....
Fears When Talking about Money
Posted on: July 22nd, 2021
Studies[ have shown that the largest contributing factors to generational loss of wealth are a lack of communication and trust among family members and the failure to prepare heirs. Often, fear is what underlies the lack of communication and trust that inevitably leads to unprepared heirs. Following are some of the fears that prevent people from communicating with their loved ones about their wealth....
Multigenerational Wealth Transfer Checklist
Posted on: July 15th, 2021
Studies estimate that 70 percent of family wealth is lost by the end of the second generation and 90 percent by the end of the third generation. To help your loved ones avoid becoming part of this statistic, you need to educate and update your extended family about your wealth transfer goals and the plan you have put in place to achieve these goals....
Can a Beneficiary Also Be a Trustee of a Trust?
Posted on: July 10th, 2021
Clients often naturally choose their children to be beneficiaries of their revocable living trusts. Many clients also wish to name one or more of their children as the trustee of that trust, but are not sure if that is allowed by the law. The short answer is yes, a beneficiary can also be a trustee of the same trust—but it may not always be wise, and certain guidelines must be followed....
Living, Testamentary, and Constructive Trusts: Are They All the Same?
Posted on: July 5th, 2021
In the world of estate planning, terms that refer to legal documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives can be confusing and even overwhelming at times. What is a will, and how does it differ from a trust? What distinguishes a springing power of attorney from an immediate power of attorney? Or are they the same thing? No wonder estate planning can get so confusing! ...