North Scituate, RI asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Rhode Island

Q: In RI, does a will have to be carried out as written?

If the will says the deed to a property is to be turned over to one heir, and that heir decides they don't want the property, can they just turn down the deed and all heirs sell the property? Or does the deed HAVE to go to them and they're then responsible for selling it if they don't want it?

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Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: The attorney handling the estate in the Probate court in the town where the person died and usually where the property is located will be best suited to explain the circumstances when a cy press order MAY be entered and under what circumstances such a deviance may be allowed by the court/Judge hearing the case. So, make sure the heir/executor/executirx finds and experienced attorney to work with to avoid unnecessary complications.

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