Category Archives: Probate and Estate Administration

Lessons In Estate Planning From Deceased Celebrities

Many of us think, “If I was rich and famous, I wouldn’t have a care in the world.” However, as the recent passing of two Hollywood stars shows us, when it comes to estate planning we all grapple with similar … Continue reading

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Why Create a Trust?

Due to changes that limited federal estate tax to only high valued estates, many people believe there is no reason to set up a trust to guard their assets. However, a recent article outlines five reasons that trusts might be … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Probate

Many people want to avoid Probate Court oversight of the transfer of their estate. In Massachusetts, all the Probate Laws changed on April 2, 2012. Although the new probate laws were supposed to make the process easier, faster, and cheaper, it … Continue reading

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Estate Planning and Elder Law Newsletter: Estate Administration

Every month I send an E-Newsletter that has articles on estate planning and elder law topics. If you would like to subscribe to this E-Newsletter please feel free to sign up. This months topic is Estate Administration. When someone passes away, the executor … Continue reading

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Grounds for Challenging a Will in Massachusetts

A lot of time and thought goes into the preparation of a Will, and when someone signs it, they expect that the document will stand as their last instruction for how their assets should be distributed. They have every right … Continue reading

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The Duties of an Executor in Massachusetts: Four Things You Need to Know

You have been named as an executor in a Massachusetts Will, and the person that made the Will has passed away. What are you supposed to do now? Adding to the grief over the loss of a loved one, the … Continue reading

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The Massachusetts Probate Process

Probate is simply the court process by which the terms of a Will are carried out by the person named as executor in a Will. The procedures discussed below are applicable for Massachusetts Estates. Other states may follow different steps. … Continue reading

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