Probate, Estate Planning, and Probate Litigation.
Estate Planning is the planning of ones affairs for end-of-life issues, including preparation of legal documents to prepare for transitions and eventualities in one's life, and to arrange one's affairs so as to ensure that your estate passes to your loved ones. We have been assisting people in drafting their Wills, planning their Estates, and probating the estates of loved ones for over 38 years.
With the recent passing of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC), the probate of estates has become much less formal, and much simpler. The relative lack of Court scrutiny, however, means that there may well be more issues arising between heirs and administrators (or "Personal Representatives" under the new Code) of those estates. Heirs need to consult with counsel to ascertain their rights.
Also, the recent gains in longevity also means that there is greater possibility for the exertion of undue influence by a relative, friend, or neighbor on an elderly person whose aging faculties make them more vulnerable. Legitimate heirs need to be able to protect themselves and their elders in these situations. This is an area requiring great caution and sensitivity. In addition to issues of competency and guardianship, issues arising today include Trust issues, Trust Litigation, other forms of Fiduciary Litigation, as well as the standard Will Contest, Elder Abuse claims, and other litigation arising from people fighting to control or gain access to the estates of others. Parties need the advice of an attorney versed in Elder Law, Estates, Probate, and Fiduciary Litigation. We have been handling these cases for decades, and stand ready to assist and advise you.
We bring over 35 years of proven experience in helping clients with legal problems in those areas that are most challenging in life:
Family Law, which consists of Divorce, Child Custody and Visitation, Support, Paternity, Contempt, and Modification.
Probate Law, which consists of Probate of Estates, Estate Planning, Probate Litigation, and Guardianships & Conservatorships.
While we no longer accept new Bankruptcy clients, we do represent debtors who need to negotiate or litigate the amount or payment terms of debts. We are also fully capable to handle most General Practice issues associated with our cases.