Estate Planning Attorney Boston

Hu & Associates Estate Planning Solutions.

Elijah
Elijah
2022-04-07
Reasonable and affordable price with professional and attentive service! Definitely recommend if you are also seeking for a lawyer who speaks mandarin 🙂
Tao Allen
Tao Allen
2020-05-12
I highly recommend attorney Mei Huei Hu because she is a very responsible and professional attorney in real estate. She always responds back to client quickly and understand what clients need which makes the whole process very smooth. The price is reasonable and the service is awesome. I will refer attorney Hu to anyone who needed.
Engne Tang
Engne Tang
2020-04-21
Recently, April 2020, I had sold a commercial warehouse through the good hands of attorney Hu. The whole process was handled professionally and effectively. She's mindful and attentive to details, always kept me well informed of new development. My interests were well protected in the course of selling the place. Highly recommended.
Laura Hsieh-DeGnore
Laura Hsieh-DeGnore
2019-11-16
I've worked with attorney MeiHuei Hu in several closings as a licensed agent. Ms. Hu has been delivering very professional legal services in real estate transactions and make closings happen smoothly and punctually. She is efficient and knowledgeable and provides her services more than expected. I would highly recommend her to buyers and sellers in real estate.
April A
April A
2019-09-24
Great service, very responsible, easy to reach out, and was able to set up meetings with us whenever necessary ASAP. Thank you so much for everything.
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C
2019-09-11
We just bought a condo two weeks ago without realtor agent. Before we choose Hu lawyer we asked several law firms. Hu lawyer is a very responsible person who responds quickly to the customers. During the transfer process, Hu lawyer is very familiar with the transfer of the house. Also the closing fee is very reasonable. Strong recommendation is a very great lawyer.
Sherry Shen
Sherry Shen
2019-09-05
Great and professional services at real estate, family law issues etc. Ms. Hu is a very nice lady. She understands clients' needs and always there to help. Highly recommended!
Xu Zhang
Xu Zhang
2019-09-03
Get everything done in court today. Yeah!!!! Great service overall 🙂 Flat fee for my stuff is nice. Oh the google direction for Brookline address is weird, even though the building is on the main road, the google map keeps redirecting me into the parking lot......

How Can a Boston Estate Lawyer Help You?

Navigating the intricacies of Boston’s estate laws can be particularly challenging. Whether you currently have an estate plan in place or are just beginning to explore ways to ensure the security of yourself and your family, it is crucial to dive deeper into the level of protection provided and assess its adequacy for your unique situation.

Even well-meaning estate plans can encounter challenges, especially if they don’t adhere to meticulous drafting requirements that address your unique needs and circumstances. It is imperative to ensure that your estate plan is in place and adequately crafted to safeguard your intentions and protect you and your loved ones.

Many estate plans may have errors that cause future complications. More so, with Massachusetts adopting the “Uniform Probate Code,” reviewing any estate planning documents you’ve already prepared is a good idea. A well-drafted estate plan gives you control over what happens to your hard-earned assets when you pass away or become unable to manage your affairs. 

We understand that the thought of estate planning can be daunting. Given the complexity of laws and the emotional strain of thinking about the future, it’s a challenging task – ensuring your wealth and assets are distributed according to your wishes without causing conflict among your loved ones. 

At Hu & Associates, our Boston estate planning lawyers can provide you with the resources and guidance necessary to help alleviate your concerns and ensure asset protection.

Representative list of our small business legal services:

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Estate Planning

We appreciate the hard works our small business owners invested in accumulating their assets. The wealth and assets our small business owners create deserve a lasting legacy that reflects our clients’ desires as well as their values. We can help you design the appropriate estate plan to protect your assets and to preserve a lasting legacy for our clients and their families.

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Business Entity Formation

We understand the nuances of each business entity option, including C-Corporations, S-Corporations, and LLC’s. We can help you choose the appropriate entity for your business and draft all the necessary documents, tailored to suit your unique business needs.

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Trademark Protection

 Hu Law Office offers thoughtful, high-quality legal advice regarding trademark protection strategies for all types of businesses. We also regularly represent clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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Restaurant and Business Asset Transfer

Hu Law Office specializes in guiding clients through the complex process of transferring business ownership, including restaurants and other small businesses. Our goal is to identify and overcome any legal obstacles while keeping our clients informed and protected throughout every phase of the asset transfer, including contract negotiation, due diligence, and closing.

Ways of Planning Your Estate in Boston

Here are some essential steps to keep your assets safe and ensure a smooth transfer to your loved ones:

Creating a Will

The first step in the estate planning process is determining whether you prefer a will-based or trust-based approach. Opting for a will-based estate plan allows you to specify how you wish to distribute your assets after your passing. The probate court will allocate your assets without a will based on Massachusetts’ intestate laws. By developing an estate plan, you can safeguard the integrity of your business while providing your loved ones with the means to access it.

A Durable Power of Attorney

A durable power of attorney grants authority to a trusted individual, chosen by you, to manage your affairs. This authority extends not only in the event of death but also during serious illness or disability. By establishing a durable power of attorney, you can spare your family the lengthy and costly process of court-appointed conservatorship or guardianship if you were to become incapacitated. Moreover, it empowers you to select the most suitable person to act on your behalf.

With a durable power of attorney, your chosen agent will have the ability to handle various tasks according to your preferences. These include managing your financial transactions, overseeing investments, handling bill payments, arranging necessary care services, negotiating and executing contracts, and more.

While power of attorney forms can be found online, it is often necessary to consult an estate planning attorney who can ensure that your agent’s powers are appropriately limited and the document is tailored to your specific needs.

Creating a Trust

Trusts are incredibly valuable and essential in estate planning in Massachusetts. There are different types available, like revocable living trusts or irrevocable trusts, each with its own purpose and objectives. Trusts provide asset protection, give you more control over asset distribution, and help minimize tax burdens, among other benefits. Most importantly, trusts can speed up the transfer of assets to your heirs by bypassing probate. Given the complexities involved, it’s a good idea to consult with a qualified attorney for guidance.

Our seasoned estate planning attorneys can provide you with a comprehensive estate planning plan tailored to address all your estate planning needs. With our experience in writing wills, trusts, and probate matters, we are dedicated to ensuring your and your loved ones’ futures.

Business Succession Planning

Estate planning is not solely applicable to individuals; it is equally essential for businesses. A well-thought-out business succession plan plays a crucial role in preserving a business’s long-term success and stability, particularly in the aftermath of the owner’s passing or in situations where the owner is unable to manage the company, including retirement or disability.

Beyond mitigating potential disruptions, effective estate planning for businesses is instrumental in preventing conflicts and ensuring a seamless transition of ownership and leadership. By addressing these critical aspects, businesses can secure their continuity and uphold operational integrity, even during periods of significant change or transition.

How Does an Estate Planning Attorney Help You?

A “DIY” estate plan may seem tempting, but it is imperative that you avoid it. Estate planning and administration are intricate, requiring careful attention to detail and a deep understanding of Massachusetts’ real estate law and family law. You can navigate the complexities of crafting a robust estate plan with the help of a seasoned estate planning attorney.

You can rely on Hu & Associates to guide you through important decisions, ensure compliance with applicable laws, reduce tax obligations, and protect your assets and your loved ones’ futures.

We can assist you in various ways:

  • Understanding Estate Tax: If the value of your estate exceeds a certain threshold, you may be required to pay estate taxes upon inheriting your assets. To navigate the complexities of estate taxes and mitigate their impact, our team can provide invaluable guidance and understanding. We can also help create tax planning strategies to reduce the tax obligations for your beneficiaries.

  • Navigating Your Options for Trusts: Different types of trusts have unique characteristics. Trusts can be categorized as revocable or irrevocable, and they have implications for your estate plan. Our experienced estate planning attorneys can help you evaluate your options and choose the trust that best suits your needs. We will review the trust documentation to ensure compliance with Massachusetts laws and handle necessary filings, including tax returns and trust accounts. We will also assist with asset identification, retitling, and distribution to beneficiaries.
  • Drafting and Executing Legal Documents: Our team can also guide you through creating and finalizing critical legal documents like wills, trusts, and buy-sell agreements. We will ensure these crucial documents are well-crafted and adequately executed, giving you peace of mind and confidence in your estate planning journey.
  • Estate Administration: A trust and estate attorney is crucial to the successful administration of an estate. We work closely with your family, supporting the executor by preparing important probate documents and evaluating the value of estate assets. Moreover, we help with insurance claims and prepare final income and federal and state estate tax returns. We also handle the investment of the estate’s assets and make sure its net assets are appropriately distributed. Throughout estate administration, we carefully maximize income tax savings by strategically timing distributions and claiming the proper deductions.

Contact our law firm today to schedule a case evaluation to determine how we can help, providing legal services tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.

Take the First Step Towards Securing Your Business’s Future Today

Estate planning is a highly personalized process that can’t be approached with a one-size-fits-all mindset, especially when safeguarding your business’s future. It’s crucial to comprehend its intricacies and tailor a plan that aligns with your desires and business objectives. 

A well-crafted estate plan protects your hard-earned assets and business and ensures a seamless transition for your loved ones and business associates. At Hu & Associates, we are dedicated to providing you with comprehensive estate planning solutions personalized to address your unique needs and guarantee the continuity and success of your business.

Don’t leave the future to chance. Take the initiative today and secure the future of your business through legal services. Contact our law office for a consultation, and let’s work together to build a robust estate plan for your business.