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March 2018 Archives

Easing family stress during the probate process

Massachusetts residents who bite the bullet and create an estate plan take an important step to protect and provide for their loved ones after they pass away. However, it takes more than just executing a will to ease the stress family members face when wrapping up a deceased love one's estate. Making the probate process less complex, and possibly contentious, for surviving family members may help.

What is needed for durable powers of attorney

Planning for the future is, for many, an important part of their adult life. Many Massachusetts residents may have a one-, five- or even ten-year plan that they used as a reference when making important decisions. However, some of these individuals may not have taken into account what will happen if they are incapacitated. Some might have already set up powers of attorney to step in if they should pass away unexpectedly, but it is possible that the person who has been given these responsibilities will be unable to step in unless the benefactor dies. 

Estate administration difficulties for Prince's heirs

In recent years a number of celebrity artists passed away. Unfortunately, the families of some of these pop culture icons are unable to fully move on and find closure. Some of them, like Prince's for example, are stuck in long and incredibly expensive legal proceedings because no will has been found, or one was never written in the first place. As some Massachusetts residents may be aware, in the absence of a will, the task of estate administration is handled by the state's laws of intestacy. 

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