In order to change a name or trustee's name on a real estate tax bill, the Assessors' Office must receive a copy of a recorded deed or newly recorded trustee document filed at the Worcester County Registry of Deeds or Land Court. The Registry automatically sends the Board of Assessors all recorded deeds, but does not send trust documents or probate documents. These need to be provided to the Board of Assessors by the owner.
In order to remove a decedent's name from a real estate tax bill, the Assessors' Office requires a recorded copy of a Death Certificate or Inheritance Tax Release of Lien. If the ownership is held as Tenancy by the Entirety or Joint Tenancy, the decedent's name will be removed. If the ownership is Tenancy in Common, the Assessors' Office will make the change once probate has been finalized.
In the event your name has changed, please provide the Assessors' Office with the appropriately recorded document(s) from the Registry of Deeds or Land Court.