Family Law and Estate Planning
Divorce-related issues can be stressful and complicated. Any family can begin to feel overwhelmed when dealing with child custody, property division and other issues. In these trying times, working with an effective family law attorney can make all the difference. We provide clients with comprehensive divorce and family law services, including the following:
- Property Division – We help couples determine what property can be divided, and how it’s going to be divided. Generally, assets that a spouse owned before marriage or those gained through inheritance are not subject to division. However, there are no hard and fast rules in Massachusetts, so consulting an attorney is the best option for individuals wishing to protect their assets.
- Alimony – Alimony, or spousal support, is determined on a number of factors: The length of the marriage, occupations of each spouse, income of each spouse, employability of each spouse, opportunity for future acquisition of income or assets, contribution to the value of assets they have now, and present and future needs of each child.
- Child Custody -The courts award custody based on the best interests of the child. We help parents deal with the legal components of child custody determinations.
- Child Support – Child support is determined based on guidelines established by The Massachusetts Court System. The age of the child, income level of each parent, expenses, custody, and visitation are just some of the factors considered.
It is important to plan for the future, including planning for what will happen after your death. At Frisoli Associates, P.C., our attorneys can help you address your concerns and help you achieve your goals for the future through the following estate planning services:
A will is a legal document that addresses the following:
- Designation of beneficiaries
- Designation of guardianships for children, if any
- Funeral and burial preferences
A trust is an arrangement in which a trustee holds or manages property for the benefit of self or a designated beneficiary. Some of the benefits of having a trust are:
- Reducing taxes
- Controlling assets after a death
- Providing for spouse or children during and after life
- Protecting disabled children (through a special needs trust)
- Protecting beneficiaries from creditors
- Protecting bank accounts
- Avoiding probate
Individuals with children from multiple marriages can benefit from a trust. It can become complicated to find the right balance of providing for loved ones, especially when children from separate marriages are involved. Our attorneys can help you establish a trust that designates your specific wishes.
Probate is the process of authenticating a will. If an individual dies without a will, he or she dies “intestate”, and an administrator disposes of assets. In Massachusetts, the probate process takes at least a year, so creditors have time to file a claim against the estate.
At Frisoli Associates, we represent both individuals planning for their futures, and creditors seeking money from an estate.
Will & Trust Revisions
It is a good idea to revisit wills and trusts occasionally to ensure the information contained is up-to-date and accurate. Additionally, new children, a marriage or divorce, change in tax laws, or an increase or decrease in assets or income may require modification of a will or trust.
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To meet with an experienced family law and/or estate planning lawyer, schedule a free, confidential consultation now and we will help you address any concerns you have for your future.