Wills and Trusts — Empowerment Beyond This Life

No one wants to dwell on their mortality by making out a will. But no one wants to cause their loved ones a headache when they die, either. When you die without a will, your assets are disposed of according to the generic rules of Massachusetts, not according to your wishes.

At Aitken, Chacharone & Power, we understand your hesitancy to sit down and write a will. That's why we make it as easy as possible for you to list assets and intended beneficiaries.

'We make people feel comfortable doing something that makes them uncomfortable — writing a will.' — Attorney Seth Aitken

Most of our clients express great relief to have this task behind them, and to know they have saved their families from the worst aspects of probate.

It's not painful, and it is one of the greatest gifts you can give the people you love. Talk to the estate planning lawyers at Worcester's Aitken, Chacharone & Power at 508-859-1775.

The Difference Between Wills and Trusts

People tend to think trusts are just for the super-rich, people who bequeath "trust funds." A better way to think about trusts is that they are a toolkit anyone can use to achieve specific objectives after he or she dies.

Trusts are like wills — except that you have even greater control. You can set up a trust to distribute your assets at the pace you set — over a period of years or even a lifetime.

Wills must wait for you to die to become applicable. Trusts become effective the moment you sign them. So you can provide for yourself in a trust in the event you become incapacitated.

A trust is a set of instructions you provide the trustee explaining what to do if you become disabled or die. Done right, and funded at the time of death, trusts don't need to pass through probate — protecting your and your family's privacy.

Trusts allow you to do almost anything with your assets — avoid taxation, protect your assets from liquidation and set terms on the assets you distribute.

It's up to you. Discuss your specific needs with the wills and trusts attorneys at Aitken, Chacharone & Power at 508-859-1775. We can mix and match trust features to deliver the goods to your loved ones.