Estate Administration, also called the probate process, is the process of directing the disposition of a loved one’s property after he has passed away. This is the system by which a Personal Representative is authorized by the Probate Court to act for the deceased person in closing up his affairs. The Personal Representative is responsible for collecting the decedent’s property, paying his debts, and distributing the balance according to his wishes as stated in a Will or among his heirs as outlined by statute if there is no Will. The estate administration process has been criticized in the past because it often took months before someone could act for the decedent and during that time his bills began to accumulate, creditors started calling and his family could not reach needed assets.
Effective April 2012, Massachusetts instituted an entirely new probate code. Attorney Harvey is thoroughly versed in the new rules and she easily navigates families through the process so that the Personal Representative can be appointed as quickly as possible. She also assists the Personal Representative in all aspects of his duties, including opening an estate bank account, obtaining an estate tax identification number, filing all required court forms and eventually distributing the assets of the estate among those named in the Will or the legal heirs if there is no Will.