PROBATE / ESTATE ADMINISTRATION ATTORNEYS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts Estate Administration Attorney
When the law requires you to go through probate to distribute your loved one’s assets, property and cash, an experienced probate attorney can help to make sure that the surviving spouse and heirs receive their share of the estate as quickly as possible and in accordance with the deceased’s wishes.
At the Law Office of Kevin P. O’Malley, our lawyers assist grieving families through the probate process while taking into account the painful loss and transition that your family is facing. Contact us to learn how we can help with the estate administration process.
The Probate Process
During the probate process, the probate court approves and enforces a deceased person’s will — or, if someone passes without a will (intestate), Massachusetts’s laws — for property distribution.
Our attorneys can help you with every step of the probate process, including:
- Requesting a court date by filing a petition for probate with the court, including letting all interested parties know of the probate proceedings.
- Appointing an administrator/executor (someone who collects all of the estate property and pays off all debts)
- Helping the executor inventory the estate property
- Filing estate and income tax returns
- Paying estate administration expenses
- Distributing estate property according to the decedent’s will or state law
There are time limits for all parts of the estate administration process. Contact us today for efficient and understanding help.
Estate Planning — Guardianships — Conservatorships
Sometimes, the probate process is made easier through instruments set up during a person’s lifetime. Our family law attorneys can help you create a will or set up a trust, guardianship or conservatorship to make sure your property goes to the right people and that the right decisions are made for you or your loved ones.
Trusts: A trust is a person or thing that holds money, property, investments, real estate and personal items for a named beneficiary. Trusts can be a useful tool for preserving your life savings and enabling you to pass your savings on to your heirs rather than paying excess estate taxes.
Guardianships: Our lawyers can help you appoint a guardian to take care of you or those you love when they are unable to take care of themselves, whether they are mentally-ill or suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or other similar afflictions.
Conservatorships: A conservatorship allows an adult to control another person’s finances either voluntarily or involuntarily when they are unable to make good financial decisions.
The time to explore these possibilities is now. Any delay on your part could have a negative effect on your intentions as to where and to whom you want your estate to be distributed. Contact us today.
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