Probate and Trust Administration
If you are the executor or an administrator, cannot be administrator without a court appointment, of an estate, or a Trustee charged with administering a trust our firm will assist you with experienced, objective and reliable legal counsel. We will help you navigate the time-consuming and often complex probate and estate administration process so that the distribution of the estate or trust is as orderly and efficient as possible.
With You Every Step of the Way
Since 1984, our firm has provided families in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts diligent and compassionate legal guidance at a time when it is most needed. We represent executors, administrators and trustees to help them understand and fulfill their obligations properly.
The steps involved in settling an estate can sometimes be complex, however our firm will assist in the following areas:
- File the paperwork to open the estate
- Inventory and properly value assets
- Access accounts
- Collect assets
- Identify heirs and beneficiaries
- Transfer title to real estate
- Pay final debts and expenses
- File estate tax returns
- Prepare and file all required accounting documentation and
- Distribute assets to the beneficiaries.
We also provide knowledgeable assistance in cases where the decendent left no will. Where an individual has died intestate, a relative, friend or neighbor can step in administering the estate. We will guide you through the process of becoming appointed administrator of the estate, as well as through the estate settlement process.
Our firm also helps identify and locate missing heirs. We have extensive experience locating missing heirs locally, nationally and internationally. We have access to a worldwide network of genealogists to assist us in locating family members and establish family links through the analysis of birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, obituaries, and other legal documents.
Should a dispute arise at any point during the probate or estate administration process, we will provide assertive representation to protect your interests. Our attorneys are experienced advocates who will effectively represent you in and out of the courtroom. Learn more by visiting our litigation page.