Estate Planning

Hutchins Law clients rely on us to provide legal planning and advice to ensure their assets are protected for future generations. Our estate planning services include the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, declarations of homestead and more.

Jonathan – Shrewsbury, MA

  Attorney Hutchins was very professional yet personable when helping me with my estate planning needs. He explained everything clearly and made sure I had no unanswered questions (and I had many questions). My family had also used his services in the past, and we won’t hesitate to use them again if the need arises.

“What?! Grandma Left Everything to Cousin Joe?!”

The death of a parent is difficult enough. But the pain of that loss is often magnified when suspicions arise or are confirmed that someone (often another family member) unduly influenced[1] the dying parent, and caused them to execute or alter estate planning documents in such a way as to generously benefit one person, potentially […]

Arbitration Agreements and Healthcare Proxies

Two recent Massachusetts cases provide an exception to a trend of upholding arbitration agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act. See Johnson v. Kindred Healthcare, SJC-11335, slip op. (Jan. 13, 2014) and Licata v. GGNSC Malden Dexter LLC, SJC-11336, slip op. (Jan. 13, 2014). In these cases the S.J.C. found that an arbitration agreement was unenforceable […]

Are Your Family’s Assets Safe?

Transferring a property’s title to a family member is a common method of protecting that property from creditors. Such transfers do not always guarantee, however, that creditors will be prevented from reaching it. A May 2013 Massachusetts Appeals Court case, Citizens Bank v. Coleman, specifies the criteria that a court will consider in determining whether […]

Planning for Tomorrow: Health Care Proxies, Guardians, and Conservators

If you or a loved one lost the ability to make decisions about health care or financial matters, who would make these decisions? If you have not planned for such a contingency, a court would appoint a guardian or conservator to make decisions for the incapacitated individual. However, the laws of Massachusetts allow individuals to […]