If the covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is our proximity to death. Too many families lost loved ones before their time and many were forced to suffer even beyond their deaths. Probate court battles, drawn-out fights, and feuds over inheritances are some of the many indignities a qualified estate planning attorney can help you avoid.
The premature death rate in Middlesex Country MA had been steadily falling since the turn of the century. In 2020, however, something changed, and they have started rising considerably, once again. While we might be past the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has left terrible wounds and chilling reminders that we might depart far sooner than we would like.
When we fail to properly prepare for our passing, there can be serious repercussions, for our loved ones, adding to the trauma of loss. Last wills and testaments are often insufficient in resolving what becomes of our earthly possessions and wealth, especially if there is property involved. Even with a properly prepared will, our loved ones will still need to go through the probate process while they grieve. This is often lengthy and costly.
In the best case scenario with a will, your named Personal Representative (also called an Executor) will be able to, eventually, distribute your assets in the way you desire.. At worst, without going through the estate planning process, inheritance fights can take years and tear families apart. Some even end up costing more than the value of the inheritance in the first place.
We may rest in peace, but sometimes our legacy lives on in chaos.