Author: Ann Hetherwick Cahill

After discussing disinheritance in our April blog series and divorce in our May blog series, in June we will focus on the natural step after divorce:  blended families.  Specifically, our June blog series will examine the importance of planning for …

What Happens When a Spouse Dies During the Divorce Process?

hether 2To wrap up our series on the impact of divorce on estate planning and probate litigation and to dovetail on Tiffany Bentley’s post discussing a former spouse’s death after divorce, this blog changes the timeline:  death during a divorce.  Divorce …

Help, My Spouse Disinherited Me!

hether 2We previously discussed how Massachusetts protects a surviving spouse from disinheritance through a statutory elective share of the Estate.  But what if a surviving spouse’s statutory elective share is very small due to the family composition?  There are a few …

Continuing to focus on one broad topic each month, our posts in April will examine the topic of spousal disinheritance.  We will discuss this topic from several different angles, including circumstances in which it could be an agreed-upon disinheritance through …

Where Do I File My Probate or Trust Litigation Case?

There are three trial courts in Massachusetts that have jurisdiction to hear probate or trust litigation cases: the Probate and Family Court, the Fiduciary Litigation Session of the Probate and Family Court, and the Superior Court.

Probate and Family Court