Massachusetts residents often spend their lives taking care of their families. However, only a percentage of people make plans for after they pass away. Wills provide a vehicle for individuals to support their families after death.
Without at least a will, the state may have to determine how an individual's assets will be distributed, which may not be to the same person or persons that he or she would have liked. In fact, if a Massachusetts resident is involved in a long term relationship, but not married, his or her assets typically go to family members instead of the person with whom he or she was residing. Further, anyone with minor children who does not have a will could end up leaving the fate of his or her children to the courts.