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  • Should you Designate a Guardian in your Divorce Agreement?
    Many divorcing parents put their estate planning issues on the back burner as part of their post-divorce “to do” list. Divorcing parents with minor children or children with special needs, however, may wish to include a guardian nomination provision within their divorce agreement. Guardian nomination provisions are not required by the Court as part of…
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  • What is the role of a Guardian Ad Litem?
    Literally, a Guardian Ad Litem is a "guardian for the suit." The specific role of a Guardian Ad Litem in a case depends on the nature of the Court appointment. In the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, Guardians Ad Litem are frequently appointed to investigate or evaluate a particular issue and report back to the…
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  • Choosing Guardians for Minor Children – Part 3: In the Context of Divorce
    Sometimes my estate planning clients are divorced with minor children and are not on friendly terms with their former spouses. These are four frequently-asked questions about choosing guardians which arise in this context: “Do I have to name my former spouse as a guardian?” “Can my new spouse be appointed guardian?” “What if I have…
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