What is Probate Litigation and How to Avoid It?

When a loved one passes away and has left a will, their estate must go through a court-managed proceeding called probate where the will is verified, a personal representative is appointed, and the assets are recorded and then distributed according to the will. If someone legally contests the will (raises a formal objection), it’s referred…

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What Are Probate vs. Non-Probate Assets?

Many people try to avoid probate because it can be time consuming, costly, and a general pain in the neck. However, in order to do so it’s important to understand what probate assets are. Massachusetts probate is a court-managed proceeding where a will is verified, a representative is appointed, and assets still titled in the…

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Probate Administration (and How We Can Help)

When a loved one passes away in Massachusetts and has left a will, their estate must go through a court-managed proceeding called probate where the will is verified, a Personal Representative is appointed, and the assets are recorded and then distributed according to the will. The purpose of probate is to prevent fraud after someone’s…

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Revocable vs Irrevocable Trusts: Important Differences

Revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts are both very valuable tools in estate planning, yet their differences are important to understand to ensure you make the right choice at the right time. If you have done some research on Estate Planning, you have likely heard the terms “revocable” and “irrevocable.” The term “irrevocable” might be alarming…

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Joan Rivers Has Last Laugh Through Use of a Family Trust

Famous comedienne, Joan Rivers, who died unexpectedly on September 4, 2014, from what is alleged to be a botched medical procedure, made millions making us all laugh. Some of her most infamous routines centered around skewering celebrities, most notably legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor. For Rivers’ comedy, everyone and everything was fair game for exposure. But…

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