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Probate & Trust Administration

The Massachusetts probate process is a legal system that provides for the transfer of assets from a deceased person to their beneficiaries. This process is overseen by the court, and is designed to ensure that the deceased’s wishes are respected and that their assets are distributed according to their Will or, if no Will exists, according to Massachusetts law. It is important to understand the probate process in Massachusetts in order to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.

It is often possible to avoid Probate with the proper upfront planning, including the appropriate naming of beneficiaries, use of joint ownership, and utilization of Trusts, when appropriate.

Probate can be complex and we at Dowley Law are experienced in all aspects of the process. It is our job to minimize the stress on the family and make the process as seamless as possible so you can focus on healing.

Our attorneys are sensitive to the fact that at this difficult time the family may be focused on other aspects of a loss and we are here to guide you through the probate or trust process.

Dowley Law has experience handling all aspects of probate and estate administration, including:

  • Preparing and filing the necessary court documents
  • Selling real estate
  • Identifying appropriate distributions to beneficiaries
  • Preparing annual accountings to beneficiaries
  • Notifying beneficiaries when tax returns are required

If you have been named as the personal representative of an estate, or if you are a beneficiary of an estate that is going through probate, please contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

At Dowley Law, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal solutions for individuals and families throughout Massachusetts and surrounding areas. We understand the importance of creating a sound estate plan in order to protect your assets and loved ones, and we can work with you to get started on your plan. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with your estate planning needs.

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