The order is effective immediately. There is no "hold" on its terms. If you are considering an appeal, I urge you to consult an attorney because the appellate process requires specific grounds, specific process, and certain time frames, none of can be addressed in a general answer in this forum.
First, most Estate Planning attorneys charge a set fee for such work, so you know ahead of time what the total costs will be. Second, the cost will depend on a variety of factors, including: experience of attorney, location of firm (think of Boston's overhead costs), but most importantly, the cost will depend on what TYPE of Revocable Trust you NEED. Do you have a taxable estate? If so, the design is more complicated than a smaller estate, for example. I suggest you meet with an attorney...
You really should consult with an experienced Elder Law attorney, because Medicaid and gifting and tax considerations, among other issues, are all in play here. This is a very complex matter. It is worth consulting with an experienced attorney to get an understanding of the options available to you.
I agree with attorney Golden. It is worth consulting with an attorney and getting a grasp of the issues, and how best to address them. I'm sorry that you have lost your mother, and now have so much to deal with. It is possible to file your own probate papers, but you will likely need help dealing with the municipal and mass health liens.
This is what you have effectively done: made your children equally responsible for payment if water,sewer, taxes, maintenence, etc. for a property that they cannot live in or rent out. You have given them nothing but a burden, except for the lucky one who gets to live there. Oh, and if one of those kids gets divorced that house is joint marital property. [removed]
You might consider hiring an attorney on a Limited Assistance basis to simply draw up the Separation Agreement for you. That way, you'll have contained costs while having professional advice. You can find these attorneys on the Mass. probate Court website.
First, if the house is in trust, you must look to the trust for your Trustee Powers. You will likely need to consult with an experienced Estates Attorney in order to deal with the beneficiaries in a manner that is fair to all, and doesn't get you into trouble for breach of fiduciary duties.