Trusted Guidance With Probate And Estate Administration
Probate is the process of proving the validity of a will or determining your heirs if there is no will in a probate court. Administration of an estate includes managing the probate of an estate to ensure that final debts are paid and distribution is made to heirs who inherit under the will or by law where there is no will. But the administration is far more than that.
Duties involved in the administration of an estate may include:
- Payment of last income taxes
- Payment of estate tax (in Massachusetts for estates over $1 million)
- Clearing title to real estate
- Determining which debts will be paid from which part of an estate
- Determining which assets might flow into trusts
Dying Without A Will
Failure to have a will or a plan that allows your assets to pass to the loved ones you choose will ensure that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will create one for you under its law of intestacy. This law is inflexible and may not distribute your estate the way you want. Legal issues and problems often arise during probate and estate administration.
Some of the questions we have dealt with during over 30 years of experience include:
- Is my dad’s old will or newer will valid?
- How will I pay my spouse’s final debts?
- What will happen to the family farm or home?
- Mom gave us both title to the property before she died; which one of us gets the house?
- Dad divided the house into six shares; do we need permission from each person to sell the house?
We Can Help You Navigate Probate And Estate Administration
The experienced legal team at Lannik Law, LLC, is prepared to assist you through all variations of probate and estate administration with efficiency and compassion. Call 617-485-0193 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help.