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Find out who is entitled to notice in a probate proceeding

When you file, you may need to give notice of the probate proceeding to certain people.

Who is entitled to notice?

People who are entitled to notice during a probate proceeding include:

  • Heirs at law
  • Devisees, including any devisee that is a charity (in the case of a devise to an existing trust or trustees, or to a trustee or trust established by the will, the trust or trustee is the devisee and the beneficiaries are not devisees)
  • Any person having a higher or equal right to appointment not waived in writing and filed with the division
  • Any personal representative of the decedent whose appointment has not been terminated
  • The Attorney General of Massachusetts, if there is no spouse or heir at law of the decedent or if any devisee is a charity
  • A conservator or guardian appointed to represent a spouse, heir at law, or devisee who is an incapacitated person, protected person, or a minor, and the person represented regardless of age
  • Any other person as the petitioner elects
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