Attorney John Roncone began practicing law in 1962 having graduated from Mt. Saint... more
Attorney John Roncone began practicing law in 1962 having graduated from Mt. Saint Mary's College, New England School of Law and New York Law School. His practice has concentrated in family law matters (divorce, paternity, custody, child support, adoption) personal injury (motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, dog bites, slip and fall), criminal defense (DUI DWI OUI, assault, battery, drug o... view profile
Justin P. Gelinas, Sr. joined his father, Charles A. Gelinas, Sr., in 2008 as a... more
Justin P. Gelinas, Sr. joined his father, Charles A. Gelinas, Sr., in 2008 as a third generation attorney with Gelinas & Ward, LLP. His practice focuses on business succession planning, business sales and acquisitions, general business law, commercial/residential real estate transactions and commercial lending. Justin is a member of the Worcester County Bar Association and the North Worcester C... view profile
Ashleigh C. Gelinas joined the Gelinas & Ward, LLP as an associate attorney in 2008.... more
Ashleigh C. Gelinas joined the Gelinas & Ward, LLP as an associate attorney in 2008. Her practice focuses on estate planning, probate and trust administration, elder law, special needs planning, and guardianships/conservators. Ashleigh is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Montachusett Estate Planning Council, the Worcester County Bar Association, and the North Worcest... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.