Guiding You Through The Probate Process
If you have been named the personal representative (formerly known as executor) of an estate, not only are you mourning a loved one’s death, you are also responsible for complex legal tasks that must be carried out correctly in order to administer the decedent’s estate.
The probate attorneys of The Law Office of Michael F. Cuddy provide legal guidance throughout every step of the complex probate process. We will help ensure that you understand your responsibilities and complete the process as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
The Probate Process In Massachusetts
For more than 30 years, our firm in Dedham has helped clients throughout Massachusetts with the entire probate and estate administration process, which often includes the following steps:
- Filing a petition for probate with the court
- Notifying heirs about the probate process and giving them the opportunity to object to the will
- Appointing a personal representative (formerly known as an executor)
- Preparing an inventory of the estate property
- Filing estate and income tax returns
- Addressing creditor issues
- Distributing assets to heirs according to the decedent’s will or state law
At each of these steps, there are critical deadlines and obligations that must be met. We will help ensure you complete each step in the process correctly and on time. If a dispute or will contest arises over the validity or execution of a will, you can rely on our experienced lawyers to protect your rights and your loved one’s wishes.
Proactive Estate Planning Can Help You Avoid Probate
Probate is a complex and lengthy process that can make an already difficult time that much more challenging. As a full-service estate planning firm, we strive to help our clients avoid probate through the creation of an ironclad estate plan.
Using tools such as wills and trusts and health care proxies and durable powers of attorney, our lawyers will help you create an estate plan that ensures your final wishes are carried out and that may eliminate the need for probate.
Contact Our Estate Administration Attorneys
At The Law Office of Michael F. Cuddy, we strive to help ease the stress associated with the probate process. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us online. You can also call our Dedham office at 781-536-5255.