The Law Offices of Todd D. Beauregard, P.C. has lawyers that handle all types of will drafting in Lowell Massachusetts and Nashua New Hampshire and can help you understand the issues related to documenting a proper will in MA and NH.
A Last Will and Testament is one of the most important legal documents a person can create during his or her lifetime. If a person dies without a will they are said to have died “intestate” and state laws will determine how and to whom the person’s assets will be distributed. If a person dies without a Will the beneficiaries can not dispute the court’s distribution of that person’s estate under the intestacy laws. Even if that person expressed different wishes verbally during their lifetime the statutes control the distribution. With a valid will, a person can legally determine how their property will be distributed and to whom.
Leaving your hard-earned assets to the people of your choice, as opposed to the choices a Probate Court may decide. By applying your unique facts to the probate law we can help clients evaluate their estate and to direct the legacy to the people of your choice. This process requires trained professionals, skilled to work within the probate law so the client can decide how their desired result can best be achieved.
With a valid will, you decide who gets what. To control how your hard-earned assets will be conveyed, you must have a valid will. Reviewing your will periodically insures it meets the changing conditions that best serve your interests.
What is a Will?
Unlike a living will, a will is a legally recognized declaration by which a person, the testator, names one or more persons to manage his estate and provides for the disposal of his/her property upon death.
Why should I consider drawing up a Will?
For those who die without a will (said to die intestate), it is the Probate Court who decides who manages the estate and transfers the decedent’s assets. In the event the Court cannot find or contact beneficiaries, one’s estate risks going to the state (escheats).
What does “probate transfer” mean?
Ownership of assets takes place by Court order, or outside of probate, which means at your election. In transfers out-of-probate, property passes to the new owner(s) by way of how the property was titled, or by way of designated beneficiary. During one’s lifetime, the person who died decided in advance how the property would be conveyed. In a probate transfer, the decedent’s property passes to the specific individuals mentioned in a will or according to the Massachusetts laws of inheritance (Uniform Probate Code) if no will has been made or if the will made was found invalid or unenforceable.
Can I make specific bequests to certain people of certain assets?
In a will, this is precisely what you do, to make certain your wishes are followed.
How do I get started?
At the Law Offices of Todd D. Beauregard, we provide our clients with an informational packet to help you make informed decisions.
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