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By Jason Carrozza

Hi Everyone, Happy Wednesday!!! Spring appears to be seminar season for FLP, and it’s keeping us happily busy. Jason is speaking tonight at Tri-County’s Adult Ed. Program and I will be presenting Estate Planning Basics as the Norfolk Public Library on Thursday, April 30th at 6:30. We also have other various programs we are hosting in May, including Legal and Financial Strategies for the Recently Divorced. Be sure to check out our website for more details and updates! We love presenting in particular because it allows us to get out in the community and be creative. As such, this week we are discussing how you can be creative in your estate plan. Recently, former North Carolina basketball coach, Dean Smith, left a surprising bequest in his will. Smith gave $200 for every letterman that he coached over his 36 season career! The intent, he wanted them to, “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” The Players received a note from Smith’s Attorney along with the $200.00 check for a special dining experience. 184 varsity letters were tracked down in all and the estate paid out over $35,000! That’s quite a dinner party! The lesson, you can leave any amount to any person for any purpose! If there is a cause that you care deeply about, or somebody that you would like to provide for, do not be afraid to do so! Sometimes something as simple as a dinner can brighten somebody’s day. So, go ahead, get creative. What cause or what person would you like to provide for? The possibilities are endless.

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.