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)

Download as PDF pdf format of Voluntary Administration Checklist

FormRequired, May Need, or May Have

Voluntary Administration Statement (MPC 170) pdf format of Voluntary Administration Statement (MPC 170)
file size 1MB

Instructions for (MPC 170) pdf format of Instr for Vol Admin with/without a Will (MPC 961)
New 4/16/2016

Certified Copy of Death CertificateRequired
Original Will, if anyRequired
 Affidavit - as to cause of death (MPC 475) pdf format of Cause of Death Affidavit (MPC 475)
or domicile (MPC 485) pdf format of Affidavit of Domicile (MPC 485)
May Need