We've focused (2500+ estate plans over 24 years) and modernized the traditional will and trust documents to get rid of old-fashioned, confusing legalese - making the language much easier to understand.
Wills and Trusts in Plain English is the online home of Joel Bernstein, a Lexington, Massachusetts attorney with a sole focus on estate planning using trusts and wills written in plain English.
After a death we know how to handle wills and trusts, to make the difficult time in life easier. The classic treatise, Loring and Rounds: A Trustee's Handbook, notes our office for our ground-breaking work in this field. The book has been updated since 1898 and is well-known in the field.
Our legal documents are:
Prompt & cost-effective for MA residents
Wills · Living Revocable Trusts · Irrevocable Trusts
Real Estate Trusts - Durable Powers of Attorney - Health Care Proxies
Trust Administration - Probate of Wills
After a death when no Will was done Estate Planning for Non-U.S. Citizens
Estate Tax Planning - Estate Planning for Parents with Children
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What our clients say...
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We've read (and listened to) the experts
From Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan A. Garner (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2001) makes these suggestions -
If you have children...
You can name a person who will have custody of your child if something happens to you and your spouse, as I have done for my daughter Sarah. This nomination is part a will, and you can add a trust to accompany the will if it makes sense for you. That's one important thing we talk about together in our meeting. A trust can be used to postpone full access to an age past 18 or if the beneficiary (child or other person) has a problem/issue that could dissipate money left to them.
And a little bit of humor (with permission from the New Yorker)
"Now read me the part again where I disinherit everybody."