Probate

The probate process is an important component of our estates and elder law practice. Probate is the process by which one's assets are inventoried and distributed after death. At Bacon Wilson, we have decades of experience in Massachusetts probate courts and a record of successfully helping families through this complex process. The probate process may include:

  • Petitioning the court to determine the validity of a decedent's will or that a will does not exist.
  • Appointment of a personal representative (formerly called an executor) to oversee the estate's activity.
  • Inventory of all assets held individually at death.
  • Distribution of property in accordance with the terms of the will or the laws of intestacy if there is no will.

Probate, which is typically a year-long process, requires significant skills and knowledge. Our probate attorneys are leaders in this area. They frequently speak at local, regional, and national conferences to educate other attorneys in best practices, strategy development, and tax reduction.

Avoiding Probate

Probate can be expensive and time-consuming, sometimes taking years to complete. It is not a private process, meaning court records, and sometimes financial records, are made available to the public. If you would like to keep your assets out of probate and the court out of your personal decisions, our attorneys can help. We have extensive experience helping clients develop sound estate plans that avoid the need for probate.

Contact Us

In matters of estate administration and probate, sensitivity and discretion are just as important as legal experience. Since 1895, Bacon Wilson has served the Pioneer Valley area with compassion and dedication. We will help you and your loved ones through this difficult and emotional time.

To learn more and arrange a consultation, please call 413-693-2787.

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