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Trusts, Wills and Estate Planning


Having an estate plan is important for protecting one’s family and making sure everything they have worked for is taken care of. Estate tax attorneys in Boston and surrounding communities often counsel clients to create a revocable living trust due to the Massachusetts inheritance tax and the high home prices. Even modest estates can be subject to state estate tax. Creating a trust can minimize or eliminate the tax owed after death. Without an estate plan a court will decide who gets the assets based on state law rather than the individual deciding.

The Kingston Public Library is pleased to welcome Sean Hagan for the first of two online programs. The first program is on Monday, February 22 at 6:00 PM. Mr. Hagan will discuss estate planning and answer your questions.

Sean Hagan is a Partner at the Law Firm, Long Hagan Huff-Harris and primarily advises clients on estate and tax planning, as well as trust and estate administration matters. Mr. Hagan teaches a legal research and writing class to paralegal students at Bunker Hill Community College. He lives in Kingston.

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March 18th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Cass R Sunstein

How much information is too much? Do we need to know how many calories are in the popcorn that we bought on our way into the movie theater? Do we want to know if we are genetically predisposed to a certain disease? Can we do anything useful with next week’s weather forecast for Paris if we are not in Paris? In Too Much Information: Understanding What You Don’t Want to Know, Cass Sunstein examines the effects of information on our lives.

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April 1st at 7pm – Author Talk – Tobey Pearl

In Providence, Plymouth Colony in 1638 a young Nipmuc tribesman, returning home from trading beaver pelts, is fatally stabbed in a robbery near Plymouth Colony by a white runaway servant and fellow rogues. Fighting for his life, the tribesman is able with his final breaths to reveal the details of the attack to Providence’s governor, Roger Williams. A frantic manhunt by the fledgling government ensues, followed by the convening of the colony’s first murder trial, with Plymouth Colony’s governor Thomas Prence presiding as judge. The jury is made up of local settlers whose allegiance seems more likely to be with the accused than with the murdered Nipmuc tribesman.

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April 22nd at 7pm – Author Talks – Fredrik Logevall

John F. Kennedy’s meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president cemented his status as one of the most mythologized figures in American history. While hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have come and gone since his death, these accounts all fail to capture the full person. In JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956, Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Fredrik Logevall, fills in this gap in our historical knowledge.

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April 29th at 7pm – Author Talk – Ted Widmer

As a divided nation plunges into the deepest crisis in its history, Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Washington and his inauguration—an inauguration Southerners have vowed to prevent. In Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington, a book that Doris Kearns Goodwin calls “A book for our time”, Ted Widmer charts these pivotal thirteen days of travel, as Lincoln discovers his power, speaks directly to the public, and sees his country up close.

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May 13th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Joseph Bagley

As Boston approaches its 400th anniversary, it is remarkable that it still maintains its historic character despite constant development. In Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them, City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley features fifty buildings that all pre-date 1800 and illustrate the city’s early history. This is the first book to survey Boston’s fifty oldest buildings and does so through an approachable narrative which will appeal to history lovers, architectural enthusiasts, and tourists alike.

Beginning with a map of the buildings’ locations and an overview of the historic preservation movement, the book looks at the fifty buildings in order from oldest to most recent. The majority of the buildings are located within the downtown area and along the Freedom Trail and they span multiple uses from homes to churches and warehouses to restaurants. Each chapter features a building, a narrative focusing on its historical significance, and the efforts made to preserve it over time. This will be Mr. Bagley’s second appearance at the Library.

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December 3rd at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Christopher Klein

In his book, When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom, Christopher Klein tells how thousands of Civil War veterans who had fled to the United States rather than perish in the wake of the Great Hunger still considered themselves Irishmen first and Americans second. With the tacit support of the U.S. government, the Fenian Brotherhood carried out a series of five attacks on Canada. This motley group established a state in exile, planned prison breaks, weathered infighting, stockpiled weapons, assassinated enemies, and managed to seize a piece of Canada—if only for three days.

Christopher Klein is a Drew University graduate. He’s the author of Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero, Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores, and The Die Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston.

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November 12th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Jennifer Sinsigali

In the historical novel Before the Mayflower, Jennifer Sinsigalli enters the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a time of transition from Queen Elizabeth to King James in England, and in the Netherlands, the Dutch Golden Age. The story of the thirty-three years leading up to the famous Mayflower voyage is told in this meticulously researched novel, combining known names like Brewster and Bradford with the fictional family of printer Nicholas Okes.

Jennifer Sinsigalli, whose pen name is J.L. Rose, is a Massachusetts native and a 1996 graduate of Williams College. She has called Duxbury home since 2015.

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