Many Massachusetts residents already have an estate plan. They might be under the impression that their wills, trusts and other estate planning documents will remain effective over time. However, there are several situations in which those documents will need to be reviewed and possibly be changed or updated.
For single or divorced Massachusetts residents, getting married does not automatically mean that their estate plans will provide for their spouses. A surviving spouse does have certain rights to the decedent's property, but that does not mean that changes are not needed. For example, if one or both parties have children from a prior relationship, documents need to be updated or changed in order to ensure they are still provided for after the marriage.