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October 2014 Archives

Long-term health care planning can give peace of mind

Partly through the miracle of modern medicine, people are living longer. This means that long-term health care planning becomes an important focus for Massachusetts residents as they age. Many older people spend their last years in nursing homes, their own homes or long-term care facilities.

Massachusetts 30-somethings need wills and related documents

By the time an individual reaches his or her 30s, he or she may be contemplating settling down or may have already done so. He or she may be comfortable at work, buying a home and getting married and having children. What many Massachusetts 30-somethings do not have, however, are wills and other estate planning documents.

What is an executor's role in estate administration?

When Massachusetts residents are creating their estate plans, one of the most important decisions they have to make is who to appoint as the executor of their estate.  In making this crucial choice, it may be helpful to understand the role that an executor plays in estate administration.  Here is an overview of an executor's responsibilities.

Discussing powers of attorney and end-of-life choices with family

Nearly every estate plan needs to include not only documents that will deal with the distribution of a Massachusetts resident's property after death, but also documents that become effective if he or she becomes incapacitated. This includes powers of attorney for both financial and health care issues, along with advance directives. Without these instructions and the appointment of someone to make decisions on his or her behalf, an individual's family could end up in a costly and time-consuming legal battle.

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