What is the Massachusetts Estate Tax Exemption for 2022?

Estate Tax Exemption for 2022 Estate tax planning is never easy but one of the most important parts is keeping up with relevant changes in estate tax law. Things like the estate tax exemption can change from one year to the next so you’ll have to be on the lookout for changes. In Massachusetts in […]

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What Happens if I Die In Massachusetts Without a Will?

If you die without a will in Massachusetts, the state intestate laws will determine who inherits your probate property. It does not matter whether you wanted (or did not want) these people to inherit your assets; the administrator of your estate must distribute assets according to law. Can I disinherit a child in Massachusetts? Yes.  […]

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Is a Handwritten Will Valid in Massachusetts?

A handwritten will may be valid in Massachusetts, so long as all other legal requirements are satisfied, including those concerning signing, the will be witnessed by at least two people, the testator being of sound mind, and the absence of fraud. What is a Holographic Will? A holographic will is also a handwritten will that […]

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What are the Requirements for a Will to be Valid in Massachusetts?

Age – The Testator Must be at least 18 Years Old Massachusetts law requires that a testator (the person making the will) be at least 18 years of age.[1] The Writing Requirement In Massachusetts, a will must be in writing in order to be valid (a couple of exceptions exist; “oral” wills are valid if […]

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What is the difference between Informal Probate and Formal Probate in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts provides several options for probate of an estate, including Voluntary Administration for small estates with property, not more than $25,000 and a car (no real estate), Informal Probate and Formal Probate.  To appoint a personal representative of the estate, Massachusetts provides two separate processes for winding up the affairs of a decedent – informal […]

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