Probate Lawyers Serving Norfolk County, Suffolk County & Greater Boston MA

After losing a loved one, the last thing you should have to worry about is the overwhelming probate process to settle the estate. Our legal team at Logan & Logan LLP can support you in this difficult time. Call us at (617) 209-3723 to speak with an experienced Massachusetts probate lawyer.

What Is Probate?

Probate is a legal proceeding in which a probate court distributes a person’s assets after death.

If the person left a Last Will and Testament, the court will analyze the decedent’s Will to determine whether the Will is valid. A personal representative, who may be named in the will or appointed by the court, will then:

  • Inventory and value all probate assets

  • Pay any credits, bills, and taxes

  • Distribute the assets to the heirs or beneficiaries according to the terms of the will or MA intestate law

If the court finds that the Will isn’t valid, it will appoint a personal representative who will distribute the assets under Massachusetts intestate laws.

Which Assets Go Through Probate?

The probate process is public. The legal proceedings become part of public record, so anyone will be able to learn details about your family assets (unless the assets are in trust). Probate can be costly and time-consuming. Closing an estate in probate can take anywhere between six (6) months to several years in particularly complicated or disputed cases.

The good news is that with proper and timely estate planning, some assets can avoid probate and pass directly to your beneficiaries or heirs.

  • Assets held in trust

  • Property held in joint tenancy

  • Property with right of survivorship

  • Retirement accounts with named beneficiaries

  • Life insurance policies with named beneficiaries

Massachusetts provides a simpler procedure through filing a Voluntary Administration Statement for estates with assets under $25,000.

How Our Probate Lawyers Can Help

Our experienced probate lawyers can provide assistance in various aspects of the probate process. Here are some ways we can help:

  • Legal Guidance: We can explain the probate process, relevant laws, and your rights and responsibilities as a personal representative or a beneficiary.

  • Estate Administration: We can assist with the administration of the deceased’s estate, including identifying and securing assets, obtaining appraisals, and managing the estate’s financial affairs.

  • Document Preparation and Filing: We can prepare and file necessary legal documents with the probate court, such as petitions, inventories, and accountings, ensuring compliance with legal requirements and deadlines.

  • Debt and Tax Issues: We can help you identify and settle the deceased’s outstanding debts and taxes, including coordinating final income tax returns and estate tax returns, if applicable, with a CPA.

  • Distribution of Assets: We can assist in the distribution of assets to beneficiaries according to the terms of the will or state intestacy laws if there is no will.

Talk to our Experienced Massachusetts Probate Attorneys Today

At Logan & Logan LLP we have more than 35 years of experience in probate administration. We serve clients in Quincy, MA, and all of Massachusetts. Call 617-209-3723 to schedule a consultation with an experienced probate lawyer from our team.

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Contact Logan & Logan LLP For Probate Services

At Logan & Logan, we don’t simply manage estates; we protect legacies. Let us be the sturdy pillars upon which your future plans are built, offering you the assurance that your loved ones and assets are secure in capable hands. Contact Logan & Logan LLP today if you have been thinking about taking the first step toward securing your legacy and providing for your loved ones’ future. We can schedule a consultation in person or online to understand your needs or call (617) 209-3723 and then customize an Estate Plan for you and your family. Click here to learn more about the next steps to planning your Estate Plan.

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