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What happens when someone dies without a will in Massachusetts

The death of a loved one can be shocking if they passed suddenly, such as in an accident or a brief illness. You may experience another shock when you find out your loved one did not leave behind a will or other parts of an estate plan. Without a properly crafted plan, there is no legally permissible way to know how the deceased wanted to distribute their assets.

Dying without a will in Massachusetts

Pros and cons of do-it-yourself wills

Society is shifting into a do-it-yourself mentality. The Internet offers a variety of outlets and resources that make personal projects conquerable. A person can simply type a task into a search engine, and millions of results pop up on how to go about it. Turning to online services for creating new wills is gaining popularity. This option can be cheap, quick and easy. However, like many aspects of estate planning, some matters are more complex than others. 

Four reasons you should have a will

Many people avoid thinking about death, their own or otherwise. This, among other reasons, prevents many people from creating a will. However, the future is uncertain. You may not be able to predict when you will die, but with a will you can plan some of what will happen when that time comes. Below are four of the best reasons why every adult should have a will.

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