Attorneys Serving the Greater Boston Area
Offices in Plymouth, Brockton, Holliston & Hingham, MA
Baker Law Group provides a full range of estate planning, elder law, and estate tax planning services including asset protection, administration, and probate services.
Last Wills and Testaments
Durable Powers of Attorney
Living Wills/Medical Directives
Estate Tax Planning
Estate Asset Protection
Wills Probate Administration
Estate Planning Attorneys
Our estate planning attorneys work closely with clients to help them select the best way to own and manage all of their property, and upon death, leave property to their intended beneficiaries – spouses, children, family members and charities.
Your estate consists of your net worth – the total value of your real property holdings, investments, retirement accounts, bank accounts, insurance policies and other assets, after debts and taxes. In preparing your estate plan we will discuss your goals for leaving your assets to your beneficiaries, as well as caring for minors and dependants.
Depending on the size of your estate, there are various methods to protect your assets now and in the future. Estate planning tools available include Trusts, Stretch IRAs, Homestead Declaration, Family Limited Partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies. We will strategize with you to find the best tools to protect your assets.
The Last Will and Testament becomes effective only at death, in which you (a) designate who inherits your probate property; (b) nominate an executor to distribute such property; and (c) nominate a guardian to be appointed to care for your minor children.
Our attorneys can assist in preparing or modify your Last Will and Testament. We also offer services to administer an estate upon death that may involve preparation of time-sensitive forms and making decisions that could have tax implications. Read more about Probate and Estate Administration.
A trust is a separate entity that can hold property for the benefit of one or more persons. It may be used to:
provide for minor children and dependents;
avoid the need for a conservatorship;
fully utilize tax exemptions; and
protect your assets.
Our attorneys can establish and/or administer trusts as part of your estate plan. For definitions of the many types of trusts, read Trust Types Explained.
Durable Powers of Attorney
This document allows you to appoint a person or persons to handle your financial affairs ranging from bank accounts to real estate, while avoiding probate. It expires upon death. Sometimes, a durable powers of attorney only becomes effective upon incapacity. Read more at Durable Powers of Attorney.
Healthcare Proxies and Medical Directives
This document designates who will make medical decisions for you in the event you are unconscious or mentally impaired, either temporarily or for an extended period of time. A properly drafted health care proxy will help avoid probate and the need for a guardianship in the future. Read more on Healthcare Proxies and Medical Directives.
A Living Will is a written expression of your preferences as to how you want to be treated in certain medical conditions. It is typically a non-binding document. Living Wills are often used with a Healthcare Proxy but generally only used in the case of a terminal illness. Living wills are very different from last wills and testaments. They do not direct where your property goes. Read more about Living Wills.
Our attorneys understand the complex federal and Massachusetts state laws and regulations governing taxes, Medicare, Medicaid (known as MassHealth in Massachusetts), Social Security, trusts, veteran’s benefits, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and care at home.
We assist families caring for aging parents, spouses dealing with nursing homes, and those assisting disabled individuals to find the best solutions to ensure resources are available when needed. Whether it is well in advance of needing long-term care services or when the need is imminent, contact us for a complimentary case review. Read more about Elder Law.
Our Greater Boston Firm Provides
the Following Estate Planning Services
Powers of Attorney
Charitable Gift Planning
Health Care Proxies
Special Needs Trusts
Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts
Stretch Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)
We offer a complimentary review of your case
either by phone or in one of our offices.
Contact us to speak with an experienced estate planning lawyer.
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