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. Can I disinherit a child in Massachusetts? Yes.  […]

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Is a Handwritten Will Valid in Massachusetts?

A handwritten will may be valid in Massachusetts, so long as all other legal requirements are satisfied, including those concerning signing, the will be witnessed by at least two people, the testator being of sound mind, and the absence of fraud. What is a Holographic Will? A holographic will is also a handwritten will that […]

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

Age – The Testator Must be at least 18 Years Old Massachusetts law requires that a testator (the person making the will) be at least 18 years of age.[1] The Writing Requirement In Massachusetts, a will must be in writing in order to be valid (a couple of exceptions exist; “oral” wills are valid if […]

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

Massachusetts provides several options for probate of an estate, including Voluntary Administration for small estates with property, not more than $25,000 and a car (no real estate), Informal Probate and Formal Probate.  To appoint a personal representative of the estate, Massachusetts provides two separate processes for winding up the affairs of a decedent – informal […]

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FEMA Reimbursement for COVID Burial Expenses – February 2022 Update

On February 7, 2022, FEMA issued a press release detailing the number of applications for funeral expense reimbursement by the state.  According to the report, in Massachusetts, there were 7,103 applications of which 4,870 of those were approved for reimbursement.  FEMA reimbursed individuals a total of $33,687,637.  Read the FEMA press release at: https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220207/fema-covid-19-funeral-assistance-state-state-breakdown. However, […]

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