Probate and Estate Administration Attorneys in Essex County, Massachusetts
Comprehensive Probate Support
Probate and estate administration are difficult for many reasons. You may have lost a loved one. You may disagree with the will. There may be extensive or complex assets that must be distributed. Perhaps the deceased did not write a will or there are multiple, conflicting documents.
At Mark L. Janos, we provide effective and client-centered representation to help you sort through the challenges of probate and estate administration. We offer advice to individual family members, administrators, executors, potential heirs, and other interested individuals throughout Essex County, Massachusetts, and Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
Our probate and estate administration practice includes:
- Reviewing the financial estate of the decedent to determine whether it is necessary to probate the estate. Are there assets to probate? Was there an estate plan?
- Advising on state and federal estate tax consequences
- Determining the assets to be distributed
- Determining the value of your business (we have access to companies that do business valuations)
- Protecting estate assets
- Identifying and notifying heirs
- Filing probate in court
- Accounting with the court after filing probate to ensure that distributions are made in accordance with the will or statute
- Distributing assets
The probate process is lengthy and often expensive. It can involve a number of individuals and assets of all kinds, from stamp collections to vacation homes. There may also be federal implications. For example, if the deceased owned assets in multiple states, the representative of the estate must file probate in both states.
Like managers of a sports team, our probate and estate administration lawyers are the managers of the estate process, filtering through all of the requirements and issues that arise. We advise clients on how to proceed at every turn in the process.
Our probate lawyers also represent clients in probate litigation, including:
- Will contests and disputes involving the deceased's mental capacity, undue influence or failure to meet will formalities
- Will interpretation issues
- Disputes around distribution of assets
- Breach of fiduciary duty by the executor, administrator, guardian, power of attorney, etc., or aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty
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To schedule an initial consultation with one of our lawyers, call (978) 225-0043 for our Newburyport law Office or (603) 239-3148 if calling from New Hampshire.
You can also contact us online.
We ask our prospective probate and estate administration clients to provide information about themselves and their legal issue before we meet. Please visit our forms and links page to view our questionnaires.