A Brief Outline of Massachusetts Probate Forms
Massachusetts probate is one of the least-liked procedures available in the legal system. Many think of it simply as an extensive system for keeping them from their rightful inheritance, or a method by which creditors and taxmen can most easily drain an estate of its funds. To be honest, this is true, it does make estates vulnerable to taxes and creditors, but the good news is that it is also designed to get individuals their inheritance as quickly and painlessly as possible.
The best way to get the court on your side is through Massachusetts probate forms. That’s because the court operates with its subjects through its Massachusetts probate forms, so by and large what it knows about you and what you need form the system can only come from the forms. Fill them out correctly and on time and you’ll get through probate easily. Have trouble with your Massachusetts probate forms and you’d liable to be stuck there for years.
• Administration with/without Sureties
In most wills, an executor is named by the deceased to be in charge of distributing their property upon their death. However, such a position is still need even if no will exists. When there is no will, the executor is termed the administrator, and the administrator must be named by the court. To be named, they must petition the court using this Massachusetts probate form. Print it here.
Though it may be a touch too Agatha Christie-like to be relevant with most mundane situations, Massachusetts law forbids the normal execution of a will or distribution of an estate without the signing of this Massachusetts probate form when the cause of death was not natural. That is, the estate must sign an affidavit swearing that none of the beneficiaries of the estate hand anything to do with the death of the deceased, and that they are not currently charged with involvement in the death by the criminal court. Print this affidavit here.
• Sale Real Estate, Administrator-Executor
Before finishing the probate process, the administrator or executor in charge of most estates may have to sell some real estate property in order to properly pay back creditors or to pay for the funeral. In order to prevent any embezzlement and to make sure that the estate’s execution is going according to plan, the court requires that this Massachusetts probate form be correctly filled and filed before any sale takes place. Print it here.
• Sale of Real Estate Foreign
Deceased parties may have owned real estate in many areas and states outside of their own. If the deceased party in your estate matter owned property in Massachusetts, you still need to contact the Massachusetts court and fill out this Massachusetts probate form, even if the deceased lived in another state. Print out the form here.