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The following should not be included in a will

While making a will is a positive and proactive decision to make sure that your wishes are heard at the end of your life, there are some things that should not be included in the will. This is because they are not legally recognized as part of a will. Some wishes must be dealt with using other strategies, for example, through the creation of a will or a trust.

Oral wills in the state of Massachusetts

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.

How does intestate law work in Massachusetts?

When a person does not make a will, or when a person's will cannot be legally validated, intestate law is the name for the procedure that is put in place in order to transfer the remaining estate to the appropriate beneficiaries. This can be very difficult to do, because the wishes of the deceased person are not known.

How does divorce impact inheritance?

When a couple is married, it is taken for granted that in the event of the divorce, assets will be divided. However, in the process of filing for a divorce, the question of what happens to an inheritance fund becomes more murky.

How can I contest my loved one’s will?

Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult times in a person's life. Along with the existence of emotional difficulty, there can also be added stress and tension due to the fact that you will need to sort out the financial affairs. It is important that you get the support of family and friends at difficult times such as these, so that they can offer both emotional and practical support.

Modifying a will the safe way

There may come a time in your life when certain circumstances change: Perhaps you go through a divorce, you lose a loved one or you gain a grandchild or a new family member. In situations such as these, it is understandable that you would want to go through the process of modifying a will so that your wishes are accurately represented.

The laws for wills in Massachusetts

A person's final wishes for what should happen in regard to his or her estate should take place within a legally binding will. The laws in regard to wills are quite similar in every state; however, it is important to understand the slight differences in the law that the state of Massachusetts has.

Tips on writing your own will

It is estimated that over 65 percent of people in the United States have not written their will yet. Many find the act of writing a will and facing the prospect of the end of their lifetime to be an unsettling feeling, and therefore, a task that they would rather postpone. However, writing a will can be a very rewarding experience where you can take pleasure in defining the legacy that you leave behind.

Avoiding undue influence claims in your will

Creating a will or a trust is as much about planning the legacy that you will leave for future generations as it is about achieving a peace of mind for yourself so that you know everything will be taken care of at the end of your life. In this way, it is natural for people to be concerned about relatively common problems that occur in relation to wills, trusts and probate. One of these issues is when loved ones appeal against the conclusion of the will based on the grounds of undue influence.

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