Estates

 
This is a simplified procedure that is available whether or not the decedent left a will. To be eligible for voluntary administration, the decedent must have been a resident of Massachusetts and left an estate consisting entirely of personal property valued at $25,000 or less (excluding the value of a car) and 30 days or more have passed from the date of the decedent's death. Voluntary administration is not available if another probate proceeding is pending. The authority of the voluntary personal representative is limited by the law and does not result in an official appointment by the court.
Informal Probate Description Informal Probate is an administrative proceeding and is processed by an MUPC Magistrate instead of a Judge. Hearings are not required or allowed by the Court. Informal probate can be an expedited process if all of the requirements of the law are met. A Magistrate can issue an informal order as early as 7 days after the decedent's death.
Use this filing if the decedent died with a Will.
Use this filing if the decedent died without a Will.
Formal Probate Description Formal probate matters are typically heard by a judge and may involve one or more hearings before the Court. Formal probate may be required for several reasons and it is advisable to hire an attorney to better understand the procedures involved.
Use this filing if the decedent died with a Will.
Use this filing if the decedent died without a Will.

Alternative To Guardianship

This Affidavit allows a "caregiver" to make medical and educational decisions for a child that is living with them without the need to come to court. Please read the instructions carefully to determine if this affidavit may be used for your circumstances and for information on how to complete the form.

Guardianships

To become legal guardian(s) of an individual who is under the age of 18.
To become legal guardian(s) of an individual who is over the age of 18 and is incapable of managing his/her own affairs.

Conservatorships

To become the Conservator of a Minor in order to protect, preserve and/or manage money or assets.
To become the Conservator for a disabled person in order to protect, preserve and/or manage money or assets.

Adoptions

Taking and receiving as one's own a minor individual who was not born naturally to the person adopting (including step-parent adoption).
Taking and receiving as one's own an adult individual who was not born naturally to the person adopting (including step-parent adoption).

Change of Names

To legally change the name of a minor(s).
To legally change the name of an adult.

Equity

Petition for the division of real property belonging to two or more parties.
To correct errors on Birth or Marriage Certificates.
A complaint for fairness and justice between persons whose rights or claims may be or are in conflict. A complaint must be researched and drafted by the litigant(s).

For Additional Probate Forms and "Subsequent Filing" Probate Forms click here