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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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Virtual Sensory Storytimes through February

Through a Library Services and Technology Act Grant, the Kingston Public Library has teamed up with the Kennedy Donovan Center to bring you virtual sensory storytimes.

Sign up for a program here.  Once you’re signed up, we’ll let you know when your grab and go craft bag is ready.   Then you can pick up your craft bag, and join the program on Zoom!

Registration is required and space is limited!

It’s almost Town Meeting Time

Town Meeting begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 8. As of July 27, the venue is the Kingston Collection, 101 Kingston Collection Way, in the space next to the movie theater,  formerly occupied by K1 Speed.

mall map with town meeting space hightlightedKingston’s Town Meeting is run according to Town Meeting Time: A Handbook of Parliamentary Law, by the Massachusetts Moderators Association.

You can borrow a copy from KPL and other local libraries, or read it  online at the Internet Archive (account required, but it’s free).