When considering starting a trust in the state of Massachusetts, it is important that you make sure to research all of the different options and weigh the pros and cons of each. The best choice for you will depend on what exactly you want to achieve and your current as well as predicted financial situation.
When a person becomes ill and lacks the mental or physical capacity to make certain decisions, it can be difficult to give appropriate treatment based on the person's wishes. In addition, it can be impossible for the person to manage his or her finances. This is why another person may need to make decisions for them. This can be achieved through power of attorney (POA) status.
Wills can come in many different forms. They are most commonly written down and formally submitted during the lifetime of the willmaker. However, not everyone makes a will formally before the end of their life; therefore, in some limited circumstances in the state of Massachusetts, certain people can make an oral will before the end of their life.
When a loved one passes away, it is likely that you will need to go through the probate process, which includes paying any taxes owed in regard to the estate. The current Massachusetts estate law is applicable to estates owned by decadents who passed away in 2006 or later. When the value of an estate is $1,000,000 or lower, this amount is excluded from being taxable. For example, when an estate in Massachusetts is worth $1,100,000, only $100,000 of the estate will be taxable.