In Massachusetts, a no-contest clause is given full force and effect.  Therefore, if the settlor so chooses, a clause can be included in a will to disinherit an heir who attempts to challenge the will’s provisions.  But be aware: if a trust is set up, such a clause should be included in each separate document…

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As many of you know, new tax legislation will be taking effect on January 1, 2011. Among other things, the new law raises the estate tax exemption to $5 million per individual and $10 million for a married couple.

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