Probate is a court-supervised process by which the assets of the decedent are managed and eventually distributed. At the Law Office of Attorney Robert G. Peterson, we understand that the death of a loved one often leads to a period of grief and sorrow. We also know that during that same time, there comes some confusion as to the assets of the decedents estate. Our office specializes in helping our clients through this tough period. We provide personal legal guidance, delivered through our team of experienced attorneys, aimed at navigating our clients through the intricate probate process.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts adopted the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) G.L. c. 190B, §1-101 et. seq., in order to promote a “speedyand efficient system for liquidating the estate of the decedent and making distribution to the decedents successors.” The code allows for different ways for one to liquidate the estate (assets) of a decedent, and allows for different “types” of probate to be filed. Among the considerations for what “type” of probate to file, you must consider the size of the estate (what is the valuation of the estate assets – inclusive of real and personal property), whether the decedent held any of their property in trust, and whether a valid will was created by the decedent during his or her lifetime. There are many other things to take into consideration, and we are more than happy to specifically advise our clients by tailoring our services to their unique needs. The MUPC has very specific time constraints relative to the commencement of probate proceedings – the general rule being that testacy and appointment proceedings MUST be commenced within three (3) years of a decedents death (with certain exceptions). If you would like more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.
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