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Probate is the process of transferring assets to rightful heirs according to state law or a person's will after they pass away. It is a somewhat complicated and time-consuming process, as well as potentially costly.
When a person dies with a valid will, they are known as dying testate, and the person elected estate administrator is in charge of conducting the probate process. If a person dies intestate, without a will, the local probate court will elect a loved one to become the estate's administrator.
If you need assistance with your loved one's probate matter, call our Dedham probate lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick N. Pellegrini.
Need help with a loved one's probate?
Depending on the complexity of a loved one's estate, their probate process may be somewhat simple or extremely difficult. There are various steps that must be performed during the probate process:
- Proving the decedent's will is valid
- Collecting the necessary paperwork to file with the probate court
- Inventorying the deceased's properties and assets
- Paying debts and taxes
- Distributing the loved one's assets to the proper beneficiaries according to their will or state law
Probate can take anywhere from a few months to a few years; if you have never administered an estate, it is easy to make a mistake, which can further delay the process. To ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible, let our Massachusetts estate planning lawyers help.
Avoiding Probate in Norfolk County
You can help loved ones avoid your probate. By creating an estate plan with trusts, you can ensure your assets are protected from probate, possible creditors' claims, and potential estate taxes. We can help fund or retitle your assets, such as bank accounts, investments, life insurance policies, etc. so you can place them in a trust or trusts.
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