Probate & Estate Planning
What is Probate?
Rafanelli Kittredge has extensive experience handling all aspects of one’s probate, including any litigation that may arise from disputes over the probate or the administrative process. Our probate & estates practice includes:
- Settlement of Estates
- Probate Litigation
- Will Contests
Strategic planning designed for particular goals including, the protection of assets from probate, and to provide for the financial security of your children in the event of your untimely death.
Durable Power of Attorney
To appoint a trusted person to manage your business and personal affairs if you are incapacitated.
Health Care Proxies/Living Will
To authorize a trusted person to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated and provide guidance to family members and medical providers regarding extraordinary life support measures and end of life care.
Family Law Considerations
Planning for marriage, prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements.
Preparation of Quitclaim or Warranty Deeds; Individual Ownership/Joint Ownership/Life Estates.
The Massachusetts Homestead Act is a law under which an Estate of Homestead protects a homeowner. A homestead estate provides some protection of the value of the home against unsecured creditor claims. A Declaration of Homestead is designed to protect home ownership from execution and forced sale, so long as the owner or covered family member occupies or intends to occupy the property as his or her principal place of residence.