The death of a close friend or loved one can be a difficult time for any Massachusetts resident. However, what if the deceased person named you as the personal representative of the estate in his or her will? Many people may think that things just got even harder due to the need to usher the estate through the probate process.

When our readers think of the probate process in Massachusetts, they likely think of two things: costs and delays. After all, it does not help grieving family members and loved ones to draw out the process of approving the distribution of a deceased person’s estate, nor does it help to pile up needless costs as the process plays out. This doesn’t need to happen. With the right approach, the probate process can proceed smoothly and can, hopefully, get wrapped up in a reasonable amount of time.

However, personal representatives do need to be cognizant of a variety of issues that might come up in the probate process. Creditors, for one thing, must be accounted for. Potential claims by individuals who thought they might be beneficiaries of the estate need to be planned for as well. Taking a step-by-step process through the legal issues can help.

At our law firm, we work with personal representatives in Massachusetts who are doing their best to usher an estate through the probate process. There may be legal issues that arise, and even potential litigation, but, at our law firm, we do our best to attempt to make sure that our clients know their legal options. For more information, please visit probate and estate administration overview section of our law firm’s website.