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If the time comes, is a trusted party fully empowered to act?

Sound estate planning for most individuals and families across Massachusetts is arguably about far more than simple will execution and a focus upon asset distribution. Although such a confined focus may be all that is deemed necessary in some instances, most people have planning concerns that require a crafted strategy across a broader dimension.

A recent article on timely attending to estate planning concerns that might loom large in the future underscores that. It notes the unpleasant reality that can result when an individual encountering something like pronounced mental and/or physical impairment has not taken any in-advance steps to respond to such a situation.

Failure to timely act can result in ambiguity, confusion and a sense of real helplessness on the part of loved ones who want to step in but don't know how. Absent executed estate planning documents that spell out roles, rights and duties, family members and select others are often legally barred from acting in ways that they believe would promote a compromised individual's best interests.

The above article references powers of attorney, with its author personally stating that he "cannot stress enough the need for a POA" in estate planning contexts relative to finances and health care.

We agree with that view at the established planning Law Offices of Kimberly Butler Rainen in Andover. We note on our website that an executed durable power of attorney and health care proxy enable a planner who has timely designated trusted parties to act in the event of his or her incapacity to rest confidently thereafter.

We welcome contacts to our firm from readers interested in learning more about key estate planning concerns, relevant documentation and related matters.

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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.