People in Massachusetts and throughout the nation who neglect to create a last will and testament may instead be creating potential relational and financial disasters. Some people believe that a handwritten note will direct the proper distribution of assets, but this is not necessarily true. Without a valid will, a deceased person's property will be distributed under the laws of intestacy of the state having jurisdiction over the estate, and this may very well not be in accord with the decedent's wishes.
In addition to property distribution, another important provision in a will is a designation of who will be responsible for minor children if both parents pass away. Sometimes couples avoid making a will because choosing a potential guardian is so controversial. However, in the absence of a provision, families may begin squabbling over something that is both very personal and extremely important. To make sure children are not impacted by these controversies, couples must have the conversation and take action.