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Attorney Scott A. Joseph

PRINCE’S FAILURE TO PLAN

By Scott A. Joseph, November 1, 2017

Pop musician and cultural icon, Prince, died recently leaving an estate valued in excess of $300 million. The value of his estate is likely to grow as sales of his music have increased tremendously since his passing. Prince was not married and had no living children or parents. It appears that Prince died without a… READ MORE

Thinking Outside the Bank

By Scott A. Joseph, October 10, 2017

On October 16, 2017, Attorney Scott A. Joseph will be part of a panel discussion entitled “Thinking Outside the Bank” at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Norwood, Massachusetts as part of the MBREA 2017 New England Real Estate Appraisers Expo. The 27th New England Appraisers Expo on October 16, 2017 will be attended by… READ MORE

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD CHILD

By Scott A. Joseph, May 16, 2017

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD CHILD The high school year is winding down and many parents will be sending their children to college or out into the workforce during the next few months. Once your children turn eighteen years old, they will no longer be considered minors. I recommend that you discuss the… READ MORE

NEW MASSACHUSETTS SMOKE DETECTOR REGULATIONS

By Scott A. Joseph, December 6, 2016

Effective December 1, 2016, new Massachusetts regulations require smoke alarms to be photoelectric or a combination of photoelectric and ionization with a hush button. These new units come with a sealed 10 year battery that does not require replacing, but sends an alert when the unit is expiring. In order to comply, smoke detectors that… READ MORE

2016 – Time To Review Your Estate Plan

By Scott A. Joseph, December 15, 2015

As the year draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the past and look toward the future.  I recommend that you periodically take the time to review your estate plan to ensure that your goals at the time the documents were prepared remain the same.  As the year draws to… READ MORE

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ANNUAL GIFTING LAWS IN 2015

By Scott A. Joseph, December 3, 2015

DO NOT FORGET TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TAX AND GIFTING LAWS BEFORE THE END OF 2015 Before the year is over, take advantage of the tax break which allows you to make gifts of up to $14,000 to an unlimited number of recipients – free of transfer tax each calendar year. The tax-free gifting amount… READ MORE

An Act Clearing Titles To Foreclosed Properties

By Scott A. Joseph, December 3, 2015

As of November, 25th, there is a new law in Massachusetts entitled An Act Clearing Titles To Foreclosed Properties. Chapter 141 of the Acts of 2015 (“Chapter 141”) is also known as the Foreclosure Bill or the Ibanez Bill. This new law is expected to alleviate the uncertainty in foreclosure titles which began with the… READ MORE

Real Estate Transactions changing as of 10/03/2015

By Scott A. Joseph, September 24, 2015

Effective October 3, 2015, settlement agents in most residential real estate transactions will be required to use the new integrated closing disclosure forms. The TILA-RESPA rule consolidates four existing disclosures required under TILA and RESPA for closed-end credit transactions secured by real property into two forms: a Loan Estimate that must be delivered or placed… READ MORE

2015 – TIME TO UPDATE YOUR ESTATE PLAN – 2015

By Scott A. Joseph, January 5, 2015

TIME TO UPDATE YOUR ESTATE PLAN – 2015  January 5, 2015 As we have now entered a new year, we recommend that you take the time to review your estate plan to ensure that your goals at the time the documents were prepared remain the same. The following are some issues to consider: 1. The… READ MORE

Insider Advice on Buying A Home: An Interview with Scott A. Joseph

By Scott A. Joseph, May 23, 2014

Check out an interview of Scott A. Joseph, Insider Advice on Buying a Home on Mass Realty, one of the top sites for Massachusetts homes for sale. Mass Realty also services New Hampshire real estate and Connecticut real estate. https://www.massrealty.com/articles/insider-advice-on-buying-a-home-the-lw-office-of-joseph-and-joseph   Share this article: