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Posts tagged "Estate Administration & Probate"

When disputes arise among beneficiaries

All sorts of complications may arise when it comes to estate matters, but those involving disagreements with beneficiaries can be particularly complex. Whether you are setting up a trust, have been named an executor, or are a beneficiary of your loved one's estate, it is vital to handle any disputes appropriately. In Wakefield, and other cities across the state of Massachusets, these disputes have created all sorts of problems for entire families. Our law firm knows that in some instances, disputes between beneficiaries and executors have even torn families apart.

What does intestacy mean?

Whether you are having difficulty deciding which type of trust will serve your needs best or you have uncertainty about naming beneficiaries, the estate planning process can be complex. Moreover, there are certain key terms, such as intestacy, you may not be familiar with, which could have a significant impact on your property, depending on your circumstances. For example, those who do not have estate plans in place at the time of their death may have their property distributed in a way which would have gone against their wishes.

Handling an estate-related family dispute

Disputes involving estates take many forms, from accusations of a breach of fiduciary duties to will contests which claim that a will is not valid. Curley Law Firm knows the many ways in which these disputes can affect those involved and create lasting pain and hardships for families across the state of Massachusetts. If you are currently going through an estate dispute, it is important to take steps to minimize the potential impact of the dispute, if possible, while ensuring that your rights are not violated.

Elements of an inventory estate

After someone in Massachusetts dies, the administrator of the estate has a number of duties to perform. One of these, according to The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is to prepare an inventory of everything the decedent owned at the time of his or her death. This involves identifying and listing assets and their value, as well as details about each item and whether there is any mortgage or other lien or debt associated with it.

Mistakes by a personal representative can have big impacts

The administration of a deceased person’s estate is managed by the personal representative of the estate. There are a wide range of different responsibilities and rules placed on a personal representative in connection to this management. So, there can be a lot of different potential areas for impactful mistakes by such an individual.