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  • Writer's picturePhilip M. Parry

Common Estate Planning Concerns


I am an attorney focusing on estate planning in Massachusetts. My journey into this field, however, wasn't necessarily one that I expected to take. Initially, my focus was providing real estate legal services to clients in Massachusetts, driven by a passion for helping others navigate the complexities of the legal system, particularly when it came to buying or selling a home. Little did I know estate planning would become not only a significant part of my legal practice, but also a genuine source of fulfillment and purpose.

At its core, my approach to estate planning is rooted in a deep-seated commitment to serving my clients. My background in real estate law and focus in estate planning enables me to offer holistic solutions for my clients. I believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality legal services, regardless of their financial circumstances. That's why my firm is dedicated to offering comprehensive estate planning solutions for our clients.

Why Estate Planning?

What draws me to estate planning isn't just my passion for legal writing and studying different legal intricacies—it's the profound impact that this type of planning has on people's lives. Every day, I have the privilege of helping my clients and their families secure their legacies, protect their assets, and ensure their loved ones are provided for, even after they're gone.

Moreover, estate planning isn't just about planning for the inevitable; it's about empowering my clients to make informed decisions about their futures. By explaining the process and providing personalized guidance, I strive to make estate planning accessible and understandable for my clients.

Estate Planning Concerns:

Despite the importance of estate planning, I have found that misconceptions and particular concerns may lead some to hesitate to start, or avoid it altogether.

Let's address some of these common concerns:

  1. Confusion: Some individuals may feel overwhelmed by the complex legal jargon and intricate details involved in estate planning. It's easy to understand why someone might hesitate to embark on a journey they perceive as overly complicated. However, with the right guidance, estate planning can be straightforward and manageable. I enjoy working directly with my clients and keeping open lines of communication to ensure they understand the process and feel comfortable with their drafted documents.

  2. Cost: Another common concern is that estate planning is prohibitively expensive. There are often options available to accommodate various budgets, to ensure that our clients can access the essential protections estate planning provides and to ensure that they realize the long-term benefits this type of planning may offer.

  3. Fear of Mortality: Discussing matters related to one's own mortality can be uncomfortable. It may certainly be natural to want to avoid contemplating our own mortality, but doing so can leave our loved ones vulnerable in the event of unexpected circumstances. I remind my clients that estate planning isn't necessarily about dwelling on the inevitable; it's about taking proactive steps to protect those we care about most and ensure our wishes are followed.

  4. Procrastination: Perhaps the most prevalent concern is the belief that estate planning can be put off indefinitely. Many individuals believe that they don't need to worry about it until they're older or facing a significant life event. However, estate planning may be essential, regardless of age or circumstance. By starting early and regularly reviewing your plan, you can ensure that your wishes are accurately reflected and that your assets are protected.

At Parry & Parry, P.C., we understand these concerns, and we are here to help you navigate through them. Our approach is rooted in clarity, compassion, and personalized guidance. We strive to clarify the estate planning process, making it accessible and understandable.

Our team is committed to addressing our clients’ unique needs and goals, providing tailored solutions that offer true peace of mind. Whether you're just starting your estate planning journey or need to update existing documents, we're here to guide you every step of the way.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards peace of mind and financial security.

Parry & Parry, P.C. and Parry Title Company, P.C. provide this blog for informational purposes only. This blog does not constitute legal advice. Readers should not act upon any information presented here without seeking professional legal counsel.

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