Make Sure You Make Your Final Wishes Clear
A will isn’t just a legal document. Your last will and testament reflects your values and how you want your legacy to be remembered and passed down among your heirs and beneficiaries. Your will speaks to future generations.
At Cushing & Dolan, we understand the importance of making sure your legacy is handed down the way you want it to be, and to the people you will entrust it to. Since 1984, individuals and families throughout the Boston metropolitan area and North Shore communities have entrusted their legacy to the knowledgeable estate planning attorneys of Cushing & Dolan. We have offices in Boston, Waltham, Westborough, Woburn and Braintree to serve your family more effectively.
What Is A Will?
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.
Are There Limits Of What You Can Put In 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.
Does Having A Will Eliminate 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.
Let Us Help You Draft The Right Will For Your Needs
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.