Life is unpredictable and thinking about the end is never pleasant. Yet, making plans for what happens after you’re gone is crucial to avoid legal confusion and emotional distress for your loved ones. In Massachusetts, if you die without a will — or “intestate” — the state laws will dictate how your estate is divided. Wouldn’t you rather decide for yourself?
What Happens When You Die Without a Will in Massachusetts?
Without a valid will in place, the Massachusetts laws of intestate succession come into effect. Let’s consider a few scenarios to illustrate this:
- Married with Children: Your surviving spouse inherits the first $100,000 of your estate and half of the remaining balance. The rest split equally among your children.
- Married without Children: Your surviving spouse inherits the entirety of your estate.
- Single with Children: Your entire estate will be equally divided among your children.
- Single without Children: Your parents, if they are alive, inherit everything. Otherwise, your estate goes to your siblings.
Why is Creating a Will Important?
Creating a will empowers you to make your own decisions about your assets and the legacy you leave behind. Here are a few reasons why:
- Control: You get to choose who inherits your estate and how it is divided, rather than having it dictated by the state.
- Guardianship: You can nominate guardians for your minor children, a decision too important to leave to anyone else.
- Peace of Mind: It provides certainty and comfort to you and your loved ones, knowing that your wishes will be carried out.
Reeves Lavallee PC: Helping You Take Control
At Reeves Lavallee PC, we understand that estate planning can be a daunting process. But remember, you’re not alone. Our team of experienced attorneys can guide you through the process, ensuring that your wishes are respected and your loved ones are protected. So why not decide for yourself? Take control of your future today. Contact us at Reeves Lavallee PC to start your estate planning journey.
No matter where you are in life, it’s never too early to plan for the future. Make your voice heard, even when you’re not around.
Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. Always consult with a professional for your personal circumstances.