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Matthew Curtiss
Groton, Connecticut
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Washington University Professor Frances Foster believes that the traditional concept of family is outdated and legal changes are needed to reflect how important pets are in peoples' lives. "Trouble [Leona Helmsley's dog]-- and millions of American pets like her --... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 16, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
A feature of it that is coming back into vogue is the charitable lead trust. After parceling out specific gifts, Mrs. Onassis put the rest of her estate into one of these trusts. It was set up to last 24... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 25, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
I have no sage words of advice except to relax. You've done the practice exams, you've written out essays. You're dialed in on how much time to spend on each multiple choice question and each essay. Day 1 will go... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
Taking 15 minutes now to jot down your online passwords could save your family hours of frustration after you are gone. As we all know, large chunks of our lives, both financial and personal, are lived online—bank statements, stock trades... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 22, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
The financial consequences of failing to keep your documents in order can be significant. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, state treasurers currently hold $32.9 billion in unclaimed bank accounts and other assets. (You can search for... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
During his lifetime, Chicago White Sox investor Larry Pogofsky was the proud owner of a collection of autographed baseballs worth as much as $25,000 each. His ambition was to collect one signed by every Hall of Famer, reports the Chicago... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 5, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
NEW YORK — Huguette Clark, the Montana copper mining heiress who died in New York last month at 104, has left most of her $400 million fortune to the arts – wealth from the Gilded Age that produced the Rockefellers,... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 23, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
Leona Helmsley's pampered pooch "Trouble," who inherited $12 million from the real estate mogul, has died at the age of 12. That's 84 in dog years. Like many Americans, the pampered Maltese retired to Florida in 2007, shortly after Helmsley... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 9, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
A California lawyer who cared for dozens of foster cats in her Oakland home may deduct part of her claimed $12,000 in expenses, the U.S. Tax Court has ruled. Jan Elizabeth Van Dusen was a volunteer for Fix Our Ferals... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 7, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
Captain Jack at the Fish Connection said they weighed in three bass over 40 pounds this past week, one caught on live bunker, two on chunks. One of the fish was caught from the Norwich docks, the second from a... Continue reading
Reblogged May 20, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
Connecticut fluke season opens Sunday and runs through Sept. 5. You are allowed to keep three fish per person per day as long as they are 18.5 inches long. In addition to fluke you also stand a chance of catching... Continue reading
Reblogged May 13, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
Wellington R. Burt was a rich timber baron from Saginaw, Mich. He died in 1919 with a multimillion-dollar fortune -- one of America's largest at the time. © The Saginaw News/AP Wellington R. Burt Yet rather than risk messing up... Continue reading
Reblogged May 11, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
Captain Allen Fee at Shaffers said they are open for business. You can catch small bass in the lower Mystic River now on worms on the bottom or small plastic baits or poppers. One of their slip customers has been... Continue reading
Reblogged May 6, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
House Democrats rejected the Republican two-year budget plan, which totaled $6 billion less and raised no state taxes. So the state's top income tax rate for wealthy individuals will rise to 6.7 percent from 6.5 percent and the estate and... Continue reading
Reblogged May 4, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
“Children are a good insurance policy,” said Merril Silverstein, a prominent gerontologist at the University of Southern California. “In some other countries, that’s why people have children. Here, though it’s less certain, it’s still a pretty good bet.” For Ms.... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 1, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
I'm as surprised as anyone. I started this blog not as a passionate outlet for all my thoughts on the law but as a means to keep research skills taught, my writing fresh and non-legalese, and to have fun with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
In a small town in central Italy, Luciano Visocchi grew up with stories about Boston, where his mother and aunt had lived for many years. When Visocchi died this past summer at the age of 62, he honored the city... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 14, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
When Louis R. DeSanctis died three years ago, the multimillionaire owner of several private parking lots near Logan Airport left his relatives with a few surprises. First, he never made a will. Then, his extended family of nieces and nephews... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 23, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
Nina Wang’s former feng shui adviser and lover Tony Chan lost a bid for her $12 billion estate, with Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal upholding a ruling that a will in his favor was forged and the property should go... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 15, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
Restaurant legend Elaine Kaufman directed in her will that her ashes be scattered on Second Avenue, the location of her famous uptown eatery. Kaufman, who died Dec. 3 at 81, wrote in her last will and testament: "It is my... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 10, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
(CNN) -- Elizabeth Edwards left everything to her children, with no mention of her estranged husband, John Edwards, in her will. "All of my furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles ... to be... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 6, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
East Lyme - The historic reorganization of the state's probate court system starts today with the closing of more than half of the courts. It's a profound change, but Judge Jeffrey McNamara, who is scheduled to be sworn in today... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 5, 2011 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
It's important to keep in mind the cramped space of this debate: If the tax goes back to its scheduled levels, it'll tax 2 percent of estates, If the Lincoln-Kyl levels are put in place, it'll tax 0.25 percent of... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 16, 2010 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
Significantly, the estate tax would come back in 2011, but at an exemption and rate that many Republicans have been arguing for. Under the deal, the estate tax exemption would be up to $5 million for individuals and $10 million... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 7, 2010 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq
An Illinois woman inherited not quite $100 million this year. Estate taxes could consume 53 percent, 45 percent, 16 percent or none of it, depending on whether the federal and/or Illinois estate taxes -- which both lapsed on Jan. 1,... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 29, 2010 at Matthew Curtiss, Esq