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What Is Involved in Estate Planning?

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.

Probates generally include:

  • Filing a petition to probate with the proper probate court
  • Notifying the heirs under the will
  • Petitioning to appoint an executor of the estate
  • Inventorying and appraising the estate assets
  • Paying estate debts and taxes
  • Final distribution of assets to heirs

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.

Schedule a free initial consultation at the Law Offices of Stephen P. Levesque today at (401) 216-4188.

The Role of the Executor

Once an executor is named or selected for the estate, he or she is responsible for:

  • Paying the debts of the estate
  • Valuing assets
  • Notifying relevant parties, such as heirs or creditors
  • Selling real estate or other assets
  • Distributing assets according to the will (or, if there is no will, according to the laws of intestate succession which claims a portion of the decedent's estate for the State of Rhode Island rather than a family member)

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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 state planning attorney.

With 20 years of experience and a commitment to providing in-person counsel specific to your case, we are ready to take your first call. Contact us at (401) 216-4188.

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