Heard in the Office: “My Mom Named Me ‘Executor’ in Her Will and the Court Sent Me Some Paper about Being ‘Personal Representative.’ I Don’t Get It.”

July 31, 2012

Filed under: Probate — Alexis @ 3:13 PM

Huge vocabulary switch, it’s going to take all of us a very long time to get used to.  This spring, the legislature cleaned out 200 years of laws concerning how we probate wills and estates and replaced those laws with a brand new set called the “Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code” (MUPC).

One of the many (many!) changes under the new MUPC is basic vocabulary.  The person that you name in your Will to manage everything after you die is no longer called an “Executor” but instead a “Personal Representative.”  So even if your parent named you “Executor” in her Will, the papers you receive from the court will use the term “Personal Representative.”  Same job, just a new name.

Nantasket Beachcombers Club – Bereavement Support Group

July 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis @ 11:56 AM

Now here’s a refreshing idea – a bereavement support group that meets in a place that so many of us find so… well, there just are not enough adjectives to describe how the ocean and Nantasket Beach make us feel.  Comforted, comfortable, relaxed, at ease, in tune with ourselves, home.

The Nantasket Beachcombers Club is led by South Shore Hospital’s Robert Zucker, bereavement coordinator for the hospital’s hospice service.  He will lead groups on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30.  Meet at the blue playground across from the carousel.  Jump on this!  He is hosting the group at the beach only into early August.

Here is more information on the Nantasket Beachcombers Club.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Issues Alert for Scams Relating to Recent Affordable Care Act Decision

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis @ 11:48 AM

No sooner had the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act than scam artists began working the phones. The scam works as follows: Claiming to be from the government, scam artists tell listeners that under the Affordable Care Act, they need to verify some information. For example, they might have the routing number of the person’s bank, and then use that information to get the person to reveal the entire account number. Other times, they have asked for credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, Medicare ID, or other personal information.

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has again issued a warning not to give out personal or financial information in response to unsolicited phone calls, emails, or knocks on your door. If you get a call from someone who claims to be from the government and who asks for your personal information, hang up. It’s a scam. The government and legitimate organizations with which you do business have the information they need and will not ask you for it. Then, file a complaint at ftc.gov or call 1-877-FTC-HELP. If you think your identity has been stolen, visit ftc.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT. You also can file a complaint with your state Attorney General.

(Reprinted from NAELA e-Bulletin 7/18/12.)

Red Sox vs. Yankees this Sunday!

July 5, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis @ 4:11 PM

Red Sox vs. Yankees this Sunday at Fenway!!! Bid on 4 seats in the State Street Pavilion. Bid here:http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?vhost=friendshiphome

This is a benefit for all the fantastic folks at the Friendship Home.