Like most people around the country, Massachusetts residents do not want to contemplate their own mortality. This often stops them from protecting their assets so that their chosen heirs ultimately inherit them. Without some estate planning, those assets could unintentionally end up with some family members while other loved ones, friends and charities receive nothing.
Furthermore, without some planning, an estate can be significantly diminished by taxes and other financial obligations that could exist when an individual passes away. In addition, surviving loved ones will be left to deal with everything without any instructions or preparations. Under these circumstances, the probate process can quickly become time consuming, frustrating and expensive.