The firm will not take any action on your behalf unless and until a written agreement for representation is signed by the firm.
Probate Attorney and Estate Administration Lawyer
As a probate lawyer and estate administration attorney, I’ll be there to answer your questions and guide you through the administration of your loved one’s estate. I appreciate that in most instances, a person will be serving as a personal representative for the first time, and thus will have many questions. My role is to take on and help you through as much of the legal process as possible.
The Duties of Personal Representatives, and How I Help
I met Atty Gemma in 2010 after my ex-husband passed away and I had to manage his estate and make sure our children were taken care of. It was a very stressful time for me with family fighting for property. I just happened to look Atty Gemma up on line and took a chance. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. He was very friendly and welcoming from our first meeting. We sat down, he got all the facts and went right to work. He never ignored my phones calls, and he always returns all calls promptly. His assistant, Betty, is very helpful too. Atty Gemma also did my will & trust. Unlike some attorneys, he makes sure you understand what he will do every step of the way and listens to his clients and welcomes any feedback. I really enjoy working with him and his office. I would highly recommend him.
I help personal representatives administer the estates of a loved one by:
- Assisting with formal appointment as a personal representative
- Reviewing the terms of a will or trust, or assisting with intestacy matters (if there is no will)
- Advising and assisting personal representatives in complying with their fiduciary duties, including those related to:
- Identifying and accounting for a loved one’s assets,
- Preserving assets until they can be distributed,
- Determining the final and proper debts of a decedent so that the such debts can be discharged from estate assets,
- Providing advice and guidance when there are disputes or claims made against the estate,
- Determining who is entitled to inherit or receive assets of the loved one,
- Assisting in matters involving assets that cannot be easily divided (such as a house),
- Preparing agreements among heirs or beneficiaries in asset division and distribution matters,
- Working with a CPA selected by the personal representative so that such CPA can prepare the final tax return for the loved one,
- Preparing any required asset transfer documents, such as real estate deeds to evidence new ownership,
- Representing a personal representative if claims are brought involving the administration of an estate, and
- Preparing and filing the necessary paperwork to close an estate.
I serve clients in the greater Boston area, including Braintree, Quincy, Weymouth, Brookline, Hingham, Plymouth, the South Shore, and throughout Massachusetts.