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.
Depending on the specifics of your estate, you may be able to avoid the probate process altogether by using tools such as living trusts, as well as by adding your loved ones’ names as beneficiaries and co-owners of some of your assets.
If you have lost a loved one, there may not be much you can do to avoid the probate process. Our law firm can provide detailed counsel and help you through every step of the way.
We understand the pressure you must be feeling at this time. Let us worry about the details, so you can focus on your family.
Available For Any Probate Needs
We are located in Weymouth and serve the Greater Boston area.