Author Archives: Emily Beekman

About Emily Beekman

Emily joined Mirick O’Connell in 2014 as an associate with the Trusts and Estates Group. The focus of her practice is estate planning, probate and trust administration, and elder law. Emily assists clients with the preparation of wills, revocable living trusts, health care proxies, durable powers of attorney, and MassHealth applications. She also concentrates her practice in the area of estate and trust administration, advising personal representatives, trustees and other fiduciaries on the legal aspects of administering complex estates and trusts. This representation also includes the preparation and filing of gift and estate tax returns on the state and federal levels.

U.S. Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Decision And its Tax Implications at the State Level Across the U.S.

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On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that every state must license a marriage between two people of the same sex and every state must also recognize a marriage … Continue reading

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What Happens to Your Facebook Account When You Pass Away?

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Facebook has finally addressed some issues surrounding your account when you pass away.  Basically, two options exist: you can either opt for your account to be deleted when you pass away or you can appoint a family member or friend, … Continue reading

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An Admirable 2015 Resolution – Add More to that 401(k)!

Most people have dreams of what they’d like to enjoy in retirement – drive cross country, explore new hobbies, and see the world. If you’re one of these people, planning for your retirement is crucial so you can live those … Continue reading

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The Traditional IRA and Its Benefits

Last month, I wrote about how young adults should start saving for retirement as soon as possible – and how the Roth IRA is the perfect vehicle for many younger folks.  This month, I’ll delve into more details about the … Continue reading

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Retirement Savings for Young Adults

The importance of beginning your retirement planning savings as soon as you have your first job cannot be stressed enough. Over my next few blog posts, I will discuss 401(k) Plans, Roth IRAs, and Traditional IRAs – the tools you … Continue reading

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Even Eighteen-Year-Olds Need Some Estate Planning

Often, people do not realize that once their children are legal adults (at the age of eighteen), they no longer have the legal right to make most decisions for their children. After children turn eighteen, they have the legal right … Continue reading

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Marriage and Estate Planning

With marriage on my mind (I was just happily married this month), I thought it would be rather fitting to write about marriage and estate planning. Estate planning isn’t just for the baby boomers and people with significant assets. It’s … Continue reading

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