At Wood & Gresham, P.C., our Norfolk County law firm serving Metro West Boston know the probate laws and will ensure the proper distribution of the deceased's estate. Our lawyers have years of experience in all types of probate matters, including complex cases and contentious litigation. We are strong advocates who carefully prepare each case and aggressively seek results for our clients. Our firm represents plaintiffs and defendants in probate disputes and will contests.
Contact our Franklin probate attorneys at Wood & Gresham, P.C., for a free consultation.
What Is Probate?
Probate is the legal process of paying a person's debts and distributing the remaining real estate and assets upon death. This process takes place in the probate courts. Estate administration covers all nonprobate transfers of the deceased's assets. If the deceased had a last will and testament, it will be the instrument used to determine distribution. In the absence of a will, the probate courts distribute the estate of the deceased according to state law. Probate laws vary from state to state; therefore it is important to enlist the help of an attorney experienced in handling probate matters.
The executor or executrix of an estate has a fiduciary duty to properly conduct the probate process. When he or she does not do so, the beneficiaries of an estate can take legal action against the executor or executrix. The new laws in Massachusetts have made probating an estate complex and complicated.
Probate Dispute/Will Contest
A probate dispute or will contest is usually highly emotional for all litigants. From a legal perspective, probate litigation cases can be complex and challenging. These types of cases require extensive analysis, careful preparation, and skilled presentation.
Before you decide to move forward with a lawsuit, our firm will explain the potential financial costs and possible outcomes in your case.
Probate litigation cases usually involve disputes over how the executor/executrix collected the estate's assets and distributed them according to the wishes of the decedent, as expressed in the will. Other disputes can involve allegations that the executor/executrix took too much time to finish the process, incurred needless expenses during the probate process, or needlessly caused the dissipation of the estate's assets.
A lawyer at our firm will carefully review the facts of your case and explain your legal options. You will have the information you need to make wise decisions about your case. If your decision is to move forward with a suit as a plaintiff or defend one as a defendant executor/executrix, we will work with determination to achieve your goals.
Contact Our Wrentham And Foxborough Estate Administrator Attorneys
Call 508-384-2008 to contact Wood & Gresham, P.C., to consult with one of our experienced attorneys to determine which estate planning documents are recommended for your particular situation. There is no cost and no obligation for this initial consultation. Let us use our unique experience to help you seek a beneficial resolution to the matter whenever possible.