Barnstable Estate Planning

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In Barnstable, "estate planning" refers to all of the decisions affecting how a person's property is going to be disposed of after their death, as well as the process of implementing those decisions when the time comes.

The problems that estate planning raises are sometimes very convoluted. Without competent legal and financial advice, many problems can pop up, which can easily throw your entire plan into disarray, and cost your survivors a great deal of time, energy, and money.

In addition to post-death decisions, estate planning also concerns matters that might affect you during your life, such as granting power of attorney to a family member or trusted friend in case you become unable to make your own decisions regarding your finances or medical care. Furthermore, effective estate planning can minimize the impact that estate taxes and court fees will have on your final disposition to your loved ones.

A competent estate planner in Barnstable can make the process of planning your estate go much more smoothly, and maximize the chances of your wishes actually being carried out with legal force.

Common Features of Barnstable Estates

Will: Wills are a very important part of almost all estate plans. In simplest terms, it answers the question "who gets what after I die?" Generally, you can leave your property to anyone you wish. If you die without a will, your property will usually be given to your closest living relative (usually a spouse or child).

Living Will: Living wills are also very crucial for most people. Basically, a living will tells everyone concerned (your next of kin, and your doctor) what type of medical care you want if you become incapacitated. It typically includes the circumstances under which a person wishes to be kept on life support, when they want to be taken off of life support, and, sometimes, instructions on when medical staff should and should not attempt resuscitation.

Power of Attorney: Power of attorney allows you to grant someone else (usually a trusted family member or friend) the power to make certain decisions in your place, with the same legal effect as if you had made them yourself, in the event that you become unable to do so (usually due to mental or physical incapacity). If you decide to give someone power of attorney, you should make your wishes known to them in advance, so they are more likely to make the same decisions that you would make, if you were able to. And, of course, you should only give this authority to someone with whom you would trust your life because that is, in some cases, just what you're doing.

Funeral Arrangements: Whatever your preference on this matter (if you have a preference) you should make it known to your family both verbally and in writing. If you have very specific wishes concerning the final disposition of your mortal remains, you should not put those instructions in your will. Or, if you do, you should also put them somewhere else. Wills are typically not read for quite some time after a person dies, and the funeral is usually long over by then, so it will be too late to follow your instructions.

Do I Need a Barnstable Estates Lawyer?

A flawed estate plan in Barnstable can result in those affected by it being confused as to your intent, which can then lead to disputes between them. A good attorney can often avoid this confusion by ensuring that there is as little ambiguity as possible in your will and other related documents.

Talk to a Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Attorney now!

Life in Barnstable

Barnstable is often called the "Town of Barnstable." It is located in Barnstable County. In fact, it is the largest community on Cape Cod. Interestingly, Barnstable has seven villages within the city. The largest village is Hyannis, which is also the central business district. Another interesting fact about Barnstable is that in 2007, it was the All-American City Award winner.

Barnstabe has had some very famous residents. People such as Sam Barber, Joe Cronin, Judy Garland, Raymond Goulding, And Hallett, John Havlicek, Jack Kerouac, Dan LaCouture, Larry Page, and Eden White have once called Barnstable home.

Barnstable is also home to attorneys who have set up small law offices. These attorneys are competent to take on any legal inquiry and bring their clients justice.

All in all, Barnstable is a city that provides residents with small town charm and a wonderful quality of life!

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