Yes. The simplified procedure is known as a voluntary administration and 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.
Voluntary Administration Forms-Decedent Died With A Will (Testate) or Without A Will (Intestate)
|Form||Required, May Need, or May Have|
|Voluntary Administration Statement (MPC 170)||Required|
|Certified Copy of Death Certificate||Required|
|Original Will, if any||Required|
|Affidavit - as to domicile (MPC 485) or cause of death (MPC 475)||May Need|
Probate of Wills and Estates
- Is it always necessary to probate an estate?
- Is there a deadline to probate an estate?
- Who can be appointed personal representative?
- What options are available to probate an estate?
- Do I have to give notice to heirs/devisees of a probate proceeding?
- Is there a simplified procedure for an estate with minimal assets and no real estate?
- Do I need to pay a filing fee to probate an estate?
- Where can I find more information?