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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – A simple real estate plan may not always be so simple. Attorney John Davis from the Law Offices of Cooley Shrair in Springfield shared more.
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What is a simple estate plan?
I am referring to an estate plan in which a person, in their will, leaves everything to his or her spouse, if married, and otherwise leaves everything to one’s children. However, leaving everything to one’s children can raise certain issues.
So what are these issues that might effect a simple estate plan leaving property to one’s children?
There are instances where it might not be appropriate or advantageous to leave property directly to a child.
The more common circumstances are where a child is very young or may have special needs, or in the case of an older child, may be in the midst of a divorce or may be considering bankruptcy, or the estate may be a taxable estate where tax planning would be appropriate.
What might one do in those circumstances?
Often one needs to consider whether creating a trust will better address the issues than simply a will.
Should i get advice before setting up a simple estate plan?
Absolutely. Even a simple estate plan is not so simple. Even if it were, you still should be consulting with an attorney whenever doing any estate planning whatsoever, even one involving a simple estate.
About Cooley Shrair:
Cooley, Shrair P.C., founded in 1946 by Judge Sidney M. Cooley and Attorney Edward B. Cooley, is a progressive law firm located in Springfield, MA. Cooley Shrair provides unequaled service to its clients. Our unparalleled response time to our clients’ needs is the foundation of our mission statement.
At Cooley Shrair, family and business have always had a way of blending together. We know the importance of balancing the boardroom and the courtroom with the living room from time to time. We listen carefully to understand our clients’ concerns and work vigorously with them to develop strategies for success. It’s not just business, it’s personal.
We pride ourselves in being the most responsive lawyers in the area, covering virtually every area of practice for individuals and multinational corporations across the United States and Canada. Cooley Shrair is recognized consistently for exceeding client expectations and providing competent, integrated, and cost-effective legal services.
Our attorneys are each distinguished in their respective areas of concentration and are complemented by a professional support staff. Cooley Shrair is a formidable opponent who fiercely advocates on behalf of our clients and we take pride in our commitment to provide unparalleled response and unparalleled solutions.
We’re a family, and to us, that’s very personal business.
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