Experienced Guidance For Those Navigating Probate And Estate Administration
Navigating probate and estate administration can be a complex undertaking. If you are acting as a fiduciary – that is, an executor, personal representative, administrator or trustee – you must uphold important legal duties. You could be personally on the hook for costly missteps. For that reason, it’s critical to work with experienced and reliable legal counsel.
At Mignanelli & Associates, Ltd., we can help you navigate the time-consuming and often complex probate and estate administration process so that the distribution of the estate is as orderly and efficient as possible. We represent fiduciaries as well as beneficiaries and anyone with an interest in the estate. Since 1984, our firm has provided families in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts with diligent and compassionate legal guidance at a time when it is most needed. We are conveniently headquartered in Providence.
With You Every Step Of The Way
There are numerous steps involved in settling an estate. Our lawyers can guide you through all of them, including:
- Filing the paperwork to open the estate in probate court (when needed)
- Validating the will, if there is one
- Preparing an inventory and properly valuing assets
- Accessing accounts
- Collecting assets
- Identifying heirs and beneficiaries
- Transferring titles to real estate
- Settling final debts and expenses
- Filing estate tax returns
- Preparing and filing all required accounting documentation
- Distributing assets to the beneficiaries in accordance with the will or trust
We also provide knowledgeable assistance in cases where the person who passed away left no will or estate plan. In those cases, a relative, friend or neighbor can step in to administer the estate. We will guide you through the process of becoming appointed as the administrator of the estate as well as through the estate settlement process.
Locating Missing Heirs
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.
Learn More About Working With Us During A Free Consultation
To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your probate and estate administration needs, call us at 401-340-3605 or contact us by email. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your situation.