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Probate is the court-managed process of distributing the estate and assets of a deceased Rhode Island resident. A complete probate can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months, depending on the size and complexity of the estate.
Probate of a Rhode Island estate can be tedious and time-consuming as it demands a high attention to detail in order to meet the specific guidelines of your local probate court. The complex financial nature of the process, along with the high tax liability involved, requires a thorough understanding of estate planning and probate law. If you find yourself involved in a probate, we encourage you to speak to one of our Rhode Island estate planning lawyers who can walk you through the process.
Once an executor is named or selected for the estate, he or she is responsible for:
Whether you find yourself facing court-managed probate for a deceased loved one, or are simply the executor in charge of out-of-court distribution, our Rhode Island probate lawyer understands the legal guidelines and best procedures that can help you successfully navigate the probate process. If you are the executor of a probate where the deceased did not have a will, you may be facing additional challenges and would likely benefit from working with an experienced estate planning attorney.
Trusts are a valuable estate planning tool that allows for one party to hold property on behalf of another, whether for tax minimization, to provide for minors, or to allow for a whole range of other benefits. The individual who is put in charge of the assets involved in a trust is called the trustee, while the party who owns the assets is called the beneficiary. Our knowledgeable Rhode Island estate planning lawyer can provide invaluable assistance throughout the entire process – from examining your estate to identify what plan is best for you all the way through to putting the trust into action.
There are many types of trusts that may protect your assets and benefit you or your loved ones, such as:
Trusts allow for truly customizable handling of one’s assets. There are many different types of trusts that can be used and combined in creative ways in order to best protect your finances and ensure that your assets are handled to your exact specifications. Our Rhode Island trust attorney can help you assess your estate and identify ways in which you can build a secure future.
When it comes to the future of your loved ones and your legacy, estate planning it is absolutely crucial. Taking the time to distribute your assets today could be what it takes to give your family a lifetime of better tomorrows. Whether you are a young parent looking to provide for and protect your children or an older individual with assets you want to direct, creating a will provides peace of mind and lets you shape the future.
Creating a will when you are healthy and in sound mind helps ensure your assets are used according to your wishes and values.
Even with a will, disputes can arise and cause great emotional distress among family members. If you find yourself contesting the validity of a will, our Rhode Island estate planning lawyer can help you carry out the wishes of the deceased and find a compromise. Whether by providing representation in settlement proceedings, facilitating mediation, or fighting for your rights, we are ready to join your team.
While you may have avoided creating a will until this point, we encourage you to start the process today. We can examine your financial situation, taking into account family dynamics, your estate planning goals, and the future you envision for you and your loved ones. Additionally, we can help you understand the tax implications for each type of will. We want you to know your options so that you can make informed decisions to shape the future you desire.
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