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Should you use an oral will?

Traditionally, a will is a written document that is drafted and filed long before you actually pass away, and your heirs need to use it. However, you may have also considered simply using an oral will to save yourself these steps. Is it a good idea?

5 key estate planning steps

Writing a will and drafting an estate plan is something that you want to take very seriously. It has a drastic impact on your family after you pass away.

What makes for a legally-binding will in Massachusetts?

One of the worst mistakes you can make in life -- from an estate planning perspective -- is to try to draft a last will and testament by yourself. There are just too many pitfalls that the untrained testator can experience when trying to draft a will without professional help. While you can read and understand the law, there are some things you simply won't know without appropriate training.

What does the law say about wills in Massachusetts?

No matter who you are, if you're an adult, it's to you and your family's benefit to draft and execute a legally valid last will and testament. Indeed, your will is one of the most vital documents in your estate planning arsenal. However, if you don't create your will in compliance with state laws in Massachusetts, your efforts to draft the document could be wasted.

Planning to protect your assets in Massachusetts

Planning an estate is a very important process in anyone's life. It can give people peace of mind to know that their legacy will go on after the end of their life. But while planning on how your assets will be managed at the end of your life is important, it is also important that you manage and protect your assets during your lifetime.

Signs that a will is fraudulent

When a loved one passes away, it is likely that their assets will be subject to a will that they created in their lifetime. Usually, a will's contents are distributed to the beneficiaries with no dispute. Occasionally, though, loved ones may feel that the will was surprising or suspicious in some way.

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.

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