Whether you are the executor of an estate, trustee of a trust,
or the recipient of assets from an estate or trust, The Law Office
of Diane H. Gold can help you.
Probate is the process by which property and assets of an estate
are distributed from an estate to recipients designated in a Will.
If there is no Will, the estate will be distributed according to
the laws of Massachusetts. Probate also includes paying debts and
taxes as well as accounting for all assets of the estate.
While proper estate planning can save time and money in distributing
assets, we can help you through the process of having a Will admitted
to Probate, collecting and inventorying the estate assets, selling
any real estate of an estate, and distributing assets of the estate.
If there is no Will or the Will does not authorize the sale of real
estate, we can help you to obtain a License to Sell from the Probate
Court. We can also assist with estate tax returns and estate income
Trust and Estate Beneficiaries
Trusts are commonly used estate planning tools, but acting as trustee
of a trust can be difficult. The Law Office of Diane H. Gold can
help you to interpret the legally required terms of the trust, make
appropriate distributions from the trust, and terminate the trust
when its legal obligations are completed. We can also assist in
obtaining a federal identification number for the trust (similar
to your personal Social Security Number) and filing the appropriate
tax returns for the trust.
Whether you are the beneficiary of a trust or the recipient of part
of someone’s estate, The Law Office of Diane H. Gold can help
to protect your rights.
As a beneficiary of a trust, you have the right to review the terms
of the trust and to receive an accounting from the trustee at least
once a year. We can help you to insure that the trust is being properly
administered and make sure you are receiving your portion of the
trust assets. If you are not, we can petition the Probate Court
to correct any misappropriation of funds.
As a beneficiary of an estate, you have the right to receive your
portion of the estate less certain estate expenses. The Law Office
of Diane H. Gold can help to protect your rights by making sure
that the estate expenses are not excessive and that estate expenses
have not been unduly taken from your share of the estate. If you
have not received all that you should have, we can petition the
Probate Court to insure that you receive what is due to you.