Peabody Estate Planning

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In Peabody, "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 difficult. 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. Additionally, effective estate planning can minimize the impact that estate taxes and court fees will have on your final disposition to your loved ones.

If you want to maximize the odds that your wishes will be followed after your death, you should do everything you can to make them legally binding. While this is not always possible, a Peabody attorney will be able to make sure that, where it is allowed, it is done.

Common Features of Peabody Estates

Will: This is a legal document which transfers ownership of the testator's (the person making the will) property to named beneficiaries after the testator's death. The beneficiaries can be just about anyone the testator chooses, but smaller estates, usually only include family members, and maybe very close friends. If you want, you can place conditions on gifts (say, leaving a certain amount of money to your son, but only if he graduates college before he turns 25 - this is just an example). However, a will can't actually compel anyone to do anything, and some conditional gifts won't be enforced, usually because they involve an illegal act, or require a person to marry or refrain from marrying a certain person.

Living Will: Unlike ordinary wills, a living will contains instructions concerning a person's medical care. Some recent high-profile controversies have illustrated the importance of making a living will, even for younger people. In a living will, you can give your family members and doctors instructions about your desired medical care, in case you become incapacitated (comatose or brain-dead, for example) and can't tell them yourself. Some people say that they would not want to be kept alive by artificial means if they are in a vegetative state, and there's no chance of recovery. If this is you, that's definitely something to include in a living will. Of course, if you would prefer the opposite, being kept alive as long as is medically allowed, you can put that in your living will, as well.

Power of Attorney: What if you become incapacitated, and can't make your own decisions? It would be nice if somebody knew what you would want in a given situation, and, on top of that, had the legal authority to make that decision for you. Power of attorney lets you do clearly that, granting a person of your choice the ability to make certain decisions for you, in case you, for whatever reason, can't (you can, of course, control the scope of power that you grant).

Funeral Arrangements: Some people, for religious and other reasons, have very specific wishes concerning the disposal of their remains after they die. Some want to be buried. Others, cremated. No matter what your preferences on this matter are, it's essential that you inform your family of them far in advance. These instructions should be included in a document that is likely to be read before your death (such as a living will), or very shortly thereafter. This excludes a will, because it's commonly weeks after a person dies until their will is read.

Do I Need a Peabody Estates Lawyer?

A brilliant estate planning professional in Peabody can be invaluable, and you will probably find their services to be well worth the price. They can make the whole process a great deal easier, and they can also help to minimize the chances that your estate plan will be disputed, saving your survivors a great deal of time, money, and energy.

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

Life in Peabody

Peabody is an Essex County city that is home to 55,000 residents of Boston's highly desirable North Shore suburban area. Peabody began as a farming community but has since shifted focus to more tourist friendly avenues like the massive Northshore Mall and Shopping Center, on of the areas largest, the historic Brooksby Farm, and the infamous host of the U.S. Senior and U.S. Women's Golf Opens, Salem Country Club. In 2009, Forbes Magazine dubbed Peabody the 14th most livable city in the United States. There are also a number of manufacturing, medical, and technology companies located in Centennial Industrial Park which is located a stone's throw from the Corwin Manufacturing Company. With such a thriving city there are bound to be some problems but you will be relieved to know there are a number of Peabody lawyers who can help sort those out. Peabody lawyers are familiar with local courts and their procedures; they can also lay out your legal options and help you weigh one against another. Peabody is known locally for its strong school system and sports programs. Ice hockey, soccer, and track are their strongest but the baseball program has been making outstanding progress too. Olympic swimmer Samantha Arsenault, professional wrestler Matt Bloom, pitcher John Tudor, and hockey player Bobby Hanson are just a few of the local notables.

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