MA WILLS AND TRUSTS: The Only Law We Practice.
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The Massachusetts (MA) estate tax law has recently changed, and it's super important for people, especially those who are married, to understand what this means for planning what happens to their stuff when they're not around anymore. We're going to talk about these changes, how they affect making plans for your things, why setting up a "living trust" and a special kind of trust for life insurance might be a really smart idea, and how you can make sure your family doesn't have to pay too much in taxes.
1. What’s New in the MA Estate Tax Law?
In Massachusetts, they changed the rules about how much tax you have to pay when you get stuff from someone who has passed away.
Before, if their stuff (like their house, money, and other things) was worth more than $2 million, there would be a tax to pay. But now, that amount has gone up, so not as many people will have to pay this tax. This is good because you might get to keep more of what you inherit without paying lots of tax.
2. How This Affects Planning for Your Stuff
Because of this new tax rule, people, especially those who are married, might need to think differently about how they plan to give their stuff to others when they're gone. Some old ways of planning might not be as important anymore.
3. Smart Moves to Make Now
Here are some good things people can do:
4. Why Living Trusts Are Great for Married People
Living trusts can be better than just having a will, even with the new tax rules. They're great for married people because:
5. Subtrusts for Extra Protection
Inside a living trust, you can set up smaller trusts called subtrusts. These are useful if you’re worried about someone not using their inheritance wisely:
6. Talking to Someone Who Knows a Lot
It's a good idea to talk to a lawyer who knows a lot about these things. They can help make sure everything is set up just right:
7. Case Studies: Understanding Through Examples
To make this easier to understand, let’s look at some hypothetical examples:
These examples show how trusts and estate planning can be used in real-life situations to make sure things go smoothly and according to plan.
8. More About Trusts: The Different Kinds
There are many kinds of trusts, each with its own purpose. Here are a few:
9. Important Terms in Estate Planning
Let’s learn some terms that are often used in estate planning:
Knowing these terms can help you understand more about how estate planning works.
10. Why Planning Early Is Key
It’s never too early to start thinking about estate planning. Here’s why:
11. Fun Facts About Estate Planning
12. Life Insurance and Your Taxable Estate
An important thing to know about life insurance is how it can affect your taxable estate. This is something a lot of people don’t think about, but it’s really important. Here’s what you need to know:
With all the changes in the Massachusetts estate tax law and all the different ways to plan like trusts and life insurance, it’s important to make smart choices.
Talking to someone like Joel Bernstein can help make sure your plans work out the way you want them to. Remember, the choices you make now about your estate can make a big difference for your family in the future. Planning your estate might seem like something only adults need to worry about, but it’s a way to make sure the people you care about are taken care of, which is really important.
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