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Dying Without a Will — What’s the Worst that Can Happen?

It is very difficult for many of us to acknowledge that death is, eventually, a certainty for all of us. It’s a topic we’d like to avoid altogether, and it’s something we often avoid planning for because to plan for

How Appointing a Power of Attorney Can Benefit Your Life

In general, estate planning benefits not only the principal’s life, but also the lives of their family members and agents. Prior planning includes wills, trusts, health care proxies, advanced health care directives and durable powers of attorney provide direction, guidelines, …

Planning Ahead: 5 Ways to Mitigate Risk in Probate Litigation

Under the umbrella of probate litigation falls guardianship and conservatorship disputes, Will and trust contests, fights over family real estate and whether or not a gift was actually meant to be a gift. The most basic and streamlined approach to …

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the production team at Beyond the Will, we’d like to thank you for checking in and reading along this year. From COVID-19 impacts and updates to the trials and tribulations of our fictional Smith and Alexander families, …

Welcome back to Beyond the Will! We hope you’ve been enjoying our posts as much as we’ve enjoyed creating them since launching the blog just a few months ago. We’re going to change things up a bit starting this month, …

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