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August 2020 Archives

Reasons to update your will

No part of the estate planning process is a one-and-done kind of thing. These plans must evolve to work with life changes. For example, Massachusetts residents who have taken the time to write wills may want to review and update them for any of the following reasons.

Need help getting through probate administration?

If you recently lost a loved one, the last thing you want to do while grieving your loss is to figure out how to close out his or her estate. However, it has to be done at some point -- sooner rather than later is best. The probate administration process can be challenging to get through, particularly if you are unfamiliar with how it works in Massachusetts. Thankfully, you do not have to struggle through it alone.

Care for your loved ones who have special needs

Caring for a child who has special needs can invoke fear in parents. One of these fears is that there won't be anyone to care for the child if something happens to the parents. Some people don't understand that your child might need care even when they reach adulthood. Planning for this is critical so that you can ensure they'll have the care they need once you're gone.

Who can be given guardianship of an incapacitated adult?

When an adult is or becomes incapacitated, and he or she lacks a plan for who is to handle his or her affairs, the Massachusetts court system will likely place the individual in the care of a guardian. Who can be given guardianship of an incapacitated person? Many might be surprised at the answer to that question.

Yes, there are valid reasons to contest wills

Many Massachusetts residents believe that as long as they have a will, their estates will be fully protected and their wishes honored when they die. Unfortunately, wills may end up being ruled invalid if not properly prepared or prepared under questionable circumstances. Here are a few reasons why one's will may end up being contested.