Boston Last Will and Testament Attorney
Serving Massachusetts clients in the preparation of wills and living wills
Designate your wishes. Your will is a legal document by which you designate the persons who will receive the assets you own. A will is also the instrument used to appoint legal guardians for your minor children. Talk to a lawyer at Cushing & Dolan to determine what you need in your will and how you can make your wishes clear.
If you have a will, it is a good idea to review it periodically to assure that it continues to be accurate. A will must be executed in the presence of two witnesses and acknowledged by a Notary Public. A will properly implemented in one state will be valid in any other state in which death may occur.
Know the limits of a will. A legal will can prevent your property from being distributed according to the provisions of state law. A will does not override a beneficiary designation under a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or a joint form of ownership. Many individuals unfortunately find out too late that a family member’s will does not carry out that person’s wishes. Our estate planning attorneys can help you determine if a will is sufficient for your needs.
A will incurs probate expenses. A will does not avoid the expense, delay, and publicity of a probate proceeding, nor does it help to reduce estate tax costs or protect your assets from the costs associated with long-term care. This is why a trust is usually recommended in addition to a will.
Prepare a living will. The Boston living will lawyers at Cushing & Dolan can help you write a living will (health care proxy, health care power of attorney) that will guide your family in making health care decisions if you are unable to make them yourself.