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By Jason Carrozza

Hi Everyone, Happy Wednesday and Happy Veteran’s Day!!! We want to thank all of the men and women who served our country and continue to protect our freedom each day. Thank you for all of your service and sacrifice.

This week I want to briefly mention the benefits of executing a general durable power of attorney. A general durable power of attorney is effective upon signing and can empower somebody to perform all of your legal and financial responsibilities as you would. These tasks can include writing checks, going to the bank, paying your mortgage, selling real estate, or any other contractual obligations.

Many believe that a power of attorney is only useful if you lose capacity, however, it’s not limited to such. A properly drafted general durable power of attorney can largely benefit anybody that is headed to college, travels frequently, is on deployment, or would simply prefer that somebody else manage their affairs. A power of attorney is a useful estate planning tool that can make your life both convenient and provide you with a back-up plan should you lose capacity. Before you hit the road, it is a must-have. So please, contact us before you plan your next journey.

Lastly, we want to take a moment to recognize a local non-profit, Thanks to Yanks. Thanks to Yanks provides a variety of resources to local military, veterans, and their families. They also host a fantastic 9/11 tribute dinner each Fall to recognize the sacrifices military families endured in response to the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. FLP is a proud supporter of Thanks to Yanks and is grateful for all that the organization has accomplished for our local military. If you are interested in supporting this cause, more information can be found here.

Until next time,

About the Author
Jason M. Carrozza is a partner and founder of Family Legal Partners, P.C., previously owning Carrozza Law Office, P.C., which focused on estate planning, probate administration, and business formation. He was recognized as a Massachusetts Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers and Boston Magazine in 2014, 2015, and 2016, an honor given to no more than 5% of attorneys in the state. Graduating magna cum laude from New England Law and ranked 3rd in his class, Jason completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa. He gained experience in civil litigation, divorce, corporate, and insurance defense law firms before opening his practice in 2004. Jason is admitted to practice before the Massachusetts Courts, is a trained family law mediator, and a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. He has volunteered for pro bono panels with Senior Partners For Justice, South Middlesex Legal Services, and the New Center for Legal Advocacy. Dedicated to his community, he has served in various leadership roles including vice president of the Bellingham Business Association and Master of Excelsior Lodge of Massachusetts Freemasons. He teaches Estate Planning Basics at the Tri County Continuing Adult Education program and speaks at estate planning seminars throughout the year. An avid baseball fan and history enthusiast, Jason enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Katrina, and their children, Zachary and Madelyn.