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At DaCruz Law, we simplify the intricacies of estate planning for you. Whether you’re drafting wills, setting up trusts, or planning for future healthcare needs, we offer comprehensive legal solutions.

Our deep understanding of state and local laws and our long-standing relationships with local lenders and realtors, equips us to deliver tailored solutions for your unique situation. With nearly 30 years of experience serving Western Mass, DaCruz Law is your first choice for estate planning needs. Your legacy, our commitment.

“For well over twenty five years my family has used John DaCruz for all legal matters including buying and selling properties, settling estates, and wills and trusts. Along with his office manager Nancy, in all of our dealings with John he has proven to be extremely thorough and knowledgeable in all facets of the law, and has helped us immensely in maneuvering through the legal system. For anyone in need of an excellent lawyer I highly recommend calling John. You’ll be glad you did.”

Wayne & Pam Hayes

With nearly 30 years of experience, you know you’re in good hands.

Will & Trust Services
We guide you through the process of distributing your assets according to your wishes with a personalized will and trust plan, minimizing taxes and protecting your beneficiaries.

Power of Attorney & Healthcare Directives
We assist you in appointing trusted individuals to make financial and medical decisions on your behalf if needed. We help you draft comprehensive documents to ensure your interests are protected.

Asset Protection & Tax Planning
We help you safeguard your wealth and minimize tax liabilities with strategic estate planning. We explore legal avenues to protect your assets, maximize tax efficiency, and preserve your financial legacy.

Business Succession & Charitable Giving
We excel in business succession planning, ensuring a seamless transition, and assist you in incorporating philanthropic goals into your estate plan.

Frequent questions…

What is the role of a Massachusetts estate planning lawyer?
In Massachusetts, attorneys play a crucial role in estate planning. They help in drafting wills, setting up trusts, planning for future healthcare needs, and ensuring that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes. At DaCruz Law, we’re committed to providing comprehensive estate planning solutions tailored to your unique circumstances.

Do I need a probate lawyer in Massachusetts? What is the difference between formal and informal probate?
Whether probate is required depends on factors like the type and value of the assets left by the deceased. Formal and informal probates have different procedures; formal probate typically involves more court involvement and is reserved for complex estates. At DaCruz Law, we can guide you through either process, making it less overwhelming during a difficult time.

How long will the process take with a Massachusetts probate attorney?
The length of the probate process varies greatly based on the complexity of the estate, but it generally ranges from a few months to over a year. At DaCruz Law, our goal is to make this process as efficient and stress-free as possible.

Who will be the executor of the estate in the absence of a will?
The executor of an estate is usually named in the deceased’s will. If there is no will, or if the named executor is unable or unwilling to serve, the court will appoint an executor. At DaCruz Law, we can guide you through the intricacies of this process.

How can an estate planning attorney Mass help minimize estate taxes?
Yes, the amount of assets can significantly impact the estate tax. In Massachusetts, estates exceeding a certain value are subject to estate tax. With DaCruz Law, we can guide you through estate tax planning strategies to ensure your wealth is preserved and distributed according to your wishes.

What are the benefits of setting up a trust in Massachusetts?
Trusts can provide numerous benefits, including tax advantages, protection of assets, and potentially avoiding probate. Our experienced attorneys at DaCruz Law can provide personalized advice on the type of trust that would best serve your unique circumstances.

Why is it crucial to update my estate plan regularly?
Regular updates to your estate plan ensure that it reflects your current situation and wishes. Changes in marital status, the birth of children, or significant financial changes are just a few reasons to update your estate plan. DaCruz Law is here to help you maintain a current and effective estate plan.

What is a power of attorney, and why is it important in estate planning?
A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone else to act on your behalf. It can be beneficial in cases of incapacity or absence. Our attorneys at DaCruz Law can advise on when and how to set up a power of attorney as part of your comprehensive estate plan.

What is the role of an estate planning attorney in Massachusetts when handling contested wills or trusts?
When a will or trust is contested, it can lead to complex legal disputes. An experienced estate planning attorney can provide valuable legal counsel, represent your interests, and work towards a resolution. At DaCruz Law, we guide you through such challenging situations with empathy and expertise.

How can an estate planning attorney help with asset protection strategies in Massachusetts?
Asset protection is an important part of estate planning that involves strategies to safeguard your assets from potential creditors or legal judgments. At DaCruz Law, our legal team can help design effective asset protection plans tailored to your needs, helping you preserve your wealth for future generations.

At DaCruz Law, we simplify your complex legal problems. Real estate transactions? Estate planning? Zoning issues? We've got you covered! With our deep understanding of local regulations and strong relationships with real estate agents and lenders, we deliver optimal results.

*The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.

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