Guiding You Through The Complexities Of Probate

When it comes to the transfer of large sums of money upon someone's death, the state wants to monitor it for possible fraud. To do so, states created a series of rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure that all property passes to heirs as intended or, in the absence of a will, as mandated by law.

This is the probate process. In Massachusetts, we call it probate of will (if there is a will) or administration (if no will exists). Massachusetts is a consanguineal state, meaning the state will make descent and distribution decisions based on blood relatives.

Our lawyers are adept at guiding families through probate efficiently, as well as helping families build estate plans that let assets bypass the probate process.

Why Avoid Probate?

While probate sounds innocuous, it actually has many drawbacks:

  • It is complex, creating a hassle for the family.
  • It is a lengthy process, involving a minimum of one year until the estate is closed.
  • It is a public record, which could invite objection and scrutiny.
  • It is expensive, because state administrators and attorneys must handle it.

Do You Want To Contest A Will?

If you need to challenge a will, the Center for Elder Law & Estate Planning is here to help. Disputes over last wills and testaments are not uncommon. Red flags that a will contest is in order include:

  • Last-minute changes to a will (a deathbed will)
  • Changes made when a person is in a nursing facility
  • Changes made while a person is under court guardianship or changes made by a new attorney rather than the family's long-standing attorney
  • Inheritance of everything by a second spouse while children from the first marriage are excluded

If you believe a will is invalid, reach out to us to assess the situation and explain how to proceed.

Available For Any Probate Needs

We offer free consultations so we can listen to your concerns and assess which options might be best for you. You can call 888-784-0864 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

We are located in Weymouth and serve the Greater Boston area.