Probate administration can quickly turn into costly litigation. Especially when inadequate administration and communication leads to distrust among beneficiaries and fiduciaries. Many of these cases are nothing more than misunderstandings and should not be litigated. Don’t go it alone, contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Murphy, P.C. in Brockton, Massachusetts.
Administering an estate is an extremely daunting task for anyone, let alone someone dealing with immense grief. Often times the Personal Representative of an estate was a family member or close friend of the decedent. In addition to dealing with the grief of losing a loved one, the Personal Representative is also responsible for administrating the estate and carrying out the decedent’s last wishes.
The Personal Representative must quickly become familiar with probate laws, court rules and be wary of potential tax issues. Moreover, the Personal Representative must interact with beneficiaries and heirs who are also grieving the loss. Sometimes these people feel hurt or angry that the decedent did not choose them to be the personal representative. Also, Personal Representatives often have to play referee among family members and defuse infighting. All too often these responsibilities and pressures are too much for the personal representative causing them to make mistakes or shutdown altogether.
Therefore it is imperative to hire a probate lawyer who not only understands the law and rules but also has the patients and compassion to address the personal issues. Also, the attorney should attempt to avoid unnecessary litigation. However, a good probate attorney should also have litigation experience since there is always chance some matters will need to be litigated.
Probate litigation tends to be more painful than other types of litigation, as they typically involve infighting between family members after a loved one has passed. Moreover, many cases involve matters dealing with fiduciary relationships, such as; conservators, guardians, trustees, or personal representatives. Estate and Trust litigation can quickly become very expensive. A good Probate lawyer will consider the size and value of the estate or trust before suggesting a course of action.
Your Inheritance should not be completely consumed by attorney’s fees and expenses!
Attorney Murphy represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries (Personal Representatives / Trustees / Conservators) in probate and equitable matter:
- Will contests & Trust litigation
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Contested accounting or inventories
- Trust interpretation/reformation/modification
- Declaratory judgment actions
- Petitions for instruction
- Petitions to partition
It is essential to work with a compassionate attorney who will treat each sensitive matter with the care it deserves. Attorney Murphy is sensitive to the emotional aspects of these cases as well as the financial burden it places on his clients.
For the ultimate in probate administration and litigation, look to the Law Offices of Sean M. Murphy, P.C.