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The broad universe of estate planning: What does it entail?

Paradoxically, it might be conducive to any discussion focused on the parameters of estate planning -- most centrally what it chiefly entails -- to cite immediately what it is not.

And that is this: a narrow area of the law in Massachusetts and nationally that deals almost exclusively with the protection of amassed wealth for older individuals and couples.

Concededly, estate planning and administration does often spotlight that demographic and that specific issue, but it is far more utilitarian than that.

And it applies to virtually anyone who has ever given it a moment's thought.

And even to those who have never pondered for an instant how a well-tailored and sound planning strategy can promote best interests across a veritable ocean of important matters.

As a young married couple, for example, key questions can arise regarding how your children will be taken care of if an unexpected life-changing event occurs. A will and other planning instruments can address that matter and provide fundamental assurances that materially induce peace of mind.

Trusts, too, can be used in myriad and widely adaptable ways in the planning process. A trust can promote family privacy, help a creator lawfully avoid certain taxes, keep assets and property out of the time-consuming and public probate process, attend to loved ones' special needs and accomplish a multitude of other goals.

Estate planning also addresses health care needs and concerns, providing special instructions, naming individuals who can step in if necessary to make important decisions and helping families find ways to afford necessary health care in later years.

The above planning-related variables are merely representative of what can be broadly accomplished by working closely with a proven, focused and empathetic estate planning attorney.

Education is empowerment in the planning realm. Knowledgeable legal counsel can help individuals and families with planning needs implement strategies that optimally promote their best interests.

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The Law Offices of Kimberly Butler Rainen
21 Central Street
Andover, MA 01810

Phone: 978-494-6730
Phone: 978-409-1928
Fax: 978-849-8212
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We are in a 1700s Colonial located on the intersection between Brook Street, Central Street and Essex Street in historic downtown Andover, Massachusetts. The parking lot entrance is located on Brook Street, which is a one-way. From Central, turn down Essex Street. Before reaching the railroad tracks, when you see the St. Augustine Church on your right, take a sharp left turn on to Brook Street, which will turn you back toward Central Street. As you ascend the hill back toward Central Street, you will see large stone pillars on either side of the entrance to our parking lot. We have assigned parking spaces numbered 7 and 10.

From the parking lot, you may take the stairs located on the rear, left-side of the building up to the garden area, where the foyer entrance to our office is located. You can also follow the sidewalk on Brook Street up to Central Street, walk along Central Street past the main house entrance (with a wrought iron gate across the walk way) to an opening in the wrought iron fence, in to the garden area where the foyer entrance to our office is located.