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The purpose of advance directives

Many Massachusetts residents over the age of 18 have or will write a last will and testament at some point. However, many might only consider how their finances or belongings will be divided after their passing without considering the possible need for medical care at some point in the future. Advance directives can help to prevent future problems or disagreements later in life when an individual is unable to make medical decisions. 

Estate planning in the new year

The holidays are over, and people in Massachusetts are looking forward to a new year. At the beginning of the year, many people find themselves planning for the future, and for some, that includes an estate plan or will. Some of these individuals may be considering estate planning for the first time, and there are others who wish to edit an existing estate plan.

Taking advantage of the new year to do some estate planning

Another year has come and gone. As one year ends and another begins, many Massachusetts residents may think about what they want to accomplish in the new year. Some may want to lose weight, some may want to quit smoking, while others are determined to finally take that road trip they've been planning to go on for years. What about estate planning? Creating an estate plan could be a productive way to start the year. 

Your parent's powers of attorney

It isn't unusual for adult children to become confused or overwhelmed when they are faced with the possibility of taking over one or both parent's finances. Some Massachusetts residents may not be prepared for this possibility. Assigning a trusted individual with powers of attorney can help to solve many problems before they start.

Health care planning can help to avoid a financial disaster

Although people throughout the country and in Massachusetts view Medicare as a trusted program, it does not pay for all medical expenses that one may encounter after age 65. Services that were covered under employer-sponsored plans, such as vision, hearing and dental care are not covered. Long-term care coverage is also not covered, and Medicare has substantial deductibles and co-pays. That is why health care planning for one's retirement years is vital.

Estate planning applies to lifetime as well as after-death needs

There are several legal instruments that the Massachusetts estates attorney will consider when evaluating an individual or married couple for planning purposes. These documents go beyond simple wills when one is charting a full estate plan. The fact is that estate planning does not just prepare for what happens after one dies. It also has a lot to do with taking care of the person's needs while still alive.

Health care planning may concern the wealthy in Massachusetts

Getting to retirement age is often a time that many older individuals look forward to. However, some parties may feel concerned when it comes to the amount of money in their retirement accounts and other savings and what may happen if they face health-related concerns. In fact, even parties with a considerable amount of money saved for retirement feel insecure about their health care planning and the ability to meet their health-related needs.

Missing out on health care planning could cause financial burdens

Though many Massachusetts residents may utilize Medicare to address medical expenses, they may believe that they can rely on the program for assistance with extended care during their elderly years. In fact, a recent survey indicated a majority of older individuals have this mistaken belief. Unfortunately, without proper health care planning to address long-term care, parties could be left wanting. 

Health care planning may avoid unexpected cost burdens

A situation that results in an individual needing long-term care could happen to anyone. This type of incident could result from a serious illness, mental deterioration or serious injury that leads to a person losing the ability to properly care for him or herself. When faced with such circumstances, health care planning could help avoid unexpected costs associated with that care.

Powers of attorney can play vital role in estate plans

When planning for end-of-life arrangements, many decisions need to be addressed. Powers of attorney can play a significant role later in life, and therefore, Massachusetts residents may wish to appoint their agents as part of their estate plans. Appointing more than one agent may prove useful, as it spreads out the responsibilities as well as allows the agents to keep each other in check when it comes to decision making. 

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