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Peter C Herbst Jr

Peter C Herbst Jr

  • Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate
  • Connecticut, Massachusetts
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Peter Herbst advises clients in the areas of estate planning, administration and elder law. Call today for a complimentary initial consultation. He earned his Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Vermont Law School, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. While in law school, he served as Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review and taught Legal Writing and Reasoning. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and continues to volunteer for the school. He is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He has been featured as a New England Rising Star for 2010, 2011, 2013 through 2022 in the areas of Estate Planning and Estate Administration by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Boston University School of Law
LL.M. | Tax
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Vermont Law School
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.S | Environmental Science
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Professional Experience
Herbst Law Group, LLC
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Gorfinkle & Herbst, LLC
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Baker, Braverman & Barbadoro P.C.
Herbst & Herbst, LLC
Articles & Publications
Informal versus Formal Probate Administration and Real Estate
Peter C. Herbst
Speaking Engagements
Probate Process for Paralegals, NBI, Somerville, MA
National Business Institute
Succession Planning, Boston
Life Transition Planning for Lawyers: The Next Step
40 Under 40 Award Recipient
Stars South Shore
Professional Associations
Executive Board Member
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National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
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Boston Estate Planning Council
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Practice Areas
    Elder Law
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate Administration
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I am an only child so I will inherit everything my mom has left do I still have to go to probate
A: I'm sorry for your loss. Generally, if an asset does not have a joint owner or a beneficiary designation, that is an asset that goes through probate. Probate is the process where a legal determination is made as to who her heirs at law are. You mentioned she lived in Rhode Island and you posted this in a Massachusetts forum so I would recommend you reach out to a Rhode Island probate attorney as probate is conducted in the state she lived in (even if you live in Massachusetts).
Q. My mothers name on the deed to my grandfather's house but his will says its left to me
A: The form of ownership of the real estate will determine whether the Will transfers title after death of an owner. You should have a trust and estate attorney review both the title and the Will to find out precisely how the property will pass.
Q. Can you set up a trust for a pet? A friend is trying to make sure his pets are taken care of.
A: Since 2011, Massachusetts has allowed for the recognition of pet trusts. Your friend will need to think of the appropriate caretaker for the pets but the pet trust can allow for financial funding of the pet's needs. As with any trust, your friend want to make sure it is integrated with his estate planning to make sure the trust is funded the way he intends it after he passes away.
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Herbst Law Group, LLC
1000 Washington Street
Braintree, MA 02184
Telephone: (781) 843-5034
Fax: (781) 848-3051