Family & Probate Law
The interrelationship and complexity of family life and its legal aspects brings to bear other areas of law such as contract law, and property law, within the practice of family law. We represent clients throughout Massachusetts and handles cases involving, adoption, divorce, separation, annulment, custody, child support, guardianship, alimony, property division, paternity, visitation and issues relating to parenting time, and domestic abuse.
When appropriate and with the goal of reducing the stress associated with family law matters, JFPPC will seek to resolve issues through mediation, in order to facilitate a successful outcome reached through consensus and resolution. However, recognizing that negotiations can stall, thereby making mediation no longer an option, we offer zealous, respectful advocacy on behalf of the client for an optimal settlement or trial outcome, if necessary.
Our firm offers Estate Planning services tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Proper Estate Planning can help coordinate the distribution of property and assets upon death, minimize the expenses of probate, eliminate or reduce state tax liability and insulate your family’s inheritance from creditors. There are numerous documents that should be created as you and your family member’s age. The interaction of these documents with the probate laws, estate tax laws and income tax laws is critical in preparing a successful estate plan. A typical estate plan consists of:
• Durable Powers of Attorney
• Healthcare Proxies
• Revocable Trusts
• Life Estates
• Irrevocable Trusts