What is the difference between Informal Probate and Formal Probate in Massachusetts?

Learn about the differences between these two probate classifications, and see whether the probate of your loved one may qualify for the expedited informal probate process.

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Case summary: Foisie v. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1st Cir. 2020). No. 19-2090

When estate planning is being undertaken at the same time that a person is separated or getting a divorce, it is critical that the person engaging in estate planning fulfill their other obligations concerning asset disclosure in connection with the divorce or separation. A person may not simply shield their assets from a divorce by creating and transferring their assets to a trust, or otherwise giving away assets.

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What are the Requirements for a Will to be Valid in Massachusetts?

If a will is not valid, a person will be deemed to have died “intestate”, and property will be distributed according to state intestate laws. Learn what you need to do to prevent this outcome.

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Is a Handwritten Will Valid in Massachusetts?

Handwritten wills must meet certain legal requirements in order to be valid, including being signed in the presence of at least 2 witnesses. Learn about why handwritten wills are not valid if witness and other requirements are not met.

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Does My Will Become Public After I Die?

After your death, your will becomes a public record. Learn how to keep your estate information private.

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What Happens if I Die In Massachusetts Without a Will?

If you die without a will in Massachusetts, the state intestate laws will determine who inherits your probate property. It does not matter whether you wanted (or did not want) these people to inherit your assets; the administrator of your estate must distribute assets according to law. Learn what you need to do to protect your wishes.

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Hull Estate Planning Presentation and Video

Interested in learning more about estate planning in Massachusetts? Watch the video of Tony Gemma discussing key estate planning issues at the Hull Council on Aging Senior Center in Hull, Massachusetts.

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