Newly married couples in Massachusetts are most likely not focused on estate planning. However, getting married is one of those life events that require changes to -- or the creation of -- the parties' wills and other estate-planning documents. Doing so as soon as possible helps ensure that an individual's new family is taken care of should something happen to him or her.
In the flurry of wedding preparations and honeymoons, many people fail to discuss what would happen in the event of incapacitation or death of one or both parties. Now that the festivities are over, it may be a good time to broach the subject. Depending on the parties' circumstances, even if one party had a will prior to the marriage, substantial changes may be needed now.