What Are Probate Assets and Why Should I Minimize Them?

PM - Probate Assets-01As discussed previously, when a decedent dies leaving probate assets, a Personal Representative may be appointed to administer the decedent’s probate estate.  But what exactly are probate assets?  Probate assets are assets that are titled in a decedent’s sole …

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.

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Learning From Famous Mistakes: Part 1 - Dying Without A Will

Pop culture periodicals have been telling us for years that celebrities are “just like us” – they go grocery shopping, they drive their kids to school, they walk their dogs. This holds just as true in the Probate world as …

Is There A Will? There Is A Way

When an individual (a “decedent”) dies, one of the first questions to ask is whether or not he or she left a Will.  The answer to this question will direct the probate process and administration of a decedent’s estate.

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Welcome to Beyond the Will

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Hello, everyone, and welcome to Beyond the Will! We are “beyond” excited to launch this new blog, focused on all things probate-related. With four regular contributors and guest posts as well, we will be offering tips and tidbits as to …