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Q: Is it always a good idea to try to avoid probate?
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Jan 21, 2017

There is no 'one size fits all' estate plan. SOMETIMES it is a good idea to avoid probate, and in MANY cases, probate can actually avoid problems that trying to avoid it will create. Sometimes, heirs NEED the structure of probate to insure everything gets done properly and in a timely... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Elder Law and Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: What do I have to do to get a legal document stating my son is my caregiver we do not want yo get paid for it

I am legally blind I have been over ,20 years my son transports me everywhere reads my mail writes my bills he is 22 had always lived with me helping me he works

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 6, 2016

Meet with an attorney to create documents necessary for your son to act on your behalf.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Rhode Island on
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?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 6, 2016

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: how do I make my son named my caregiver legally?

I am legally blind I have been for over 20 years I am on disability my son lives with me always has he is 22 and he takes me everwhere I have to go I do not drive anymore he reads my mail writes my checks he does a lot of thiings I cannot do because of my vision I want to make him named my care... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 13, 2016

If he is willing to serve in that capacity, consult with an attorney to assist in preparing the appropriate documents.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: how do I make my son named my caregiver legally?

I am legally blind I have been for over 20 years I am on disability my son lives with me always has he is 22 and he takes me everwhere I have to go I do not drive anymore he reads my mail writes my checks he does a lot of thiings I cannot do because of my vision I want to make him named my care... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 5, 2016

Assuming he is willing to serve in this capacity, meet with an attorney to draft the appropriate documents for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My husband's sisters are trustees of the family trust. They have quick deeded the property to themselves as trustees

Individually before the estate has been settled. My husband is beneficiary, as are his two sister. Is this legal? Will he be offered fair market value for the property? Is this a conflict of interest?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 7, 2016

It sounds like it is a perfect time for your husband to meet with, and retain, an attorney to advocate for his rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: My brother passed away without a will. He has two children who are claiming as heirs. Can I also claim inheritance

He has no wife and my husband and I have cared for him for the last 3 years with no involvement from the kids. He lived alone and was very sick.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 7, 2015

Sorry for your loss. I'd suggest meeting with and retaining an attorney who works with intestate estates to best manage the legal aspects of his estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: If my sister is dead, her husband just died, they had no children her parents are dead are her siblings next of kin?

I am her sister and we all lived/live in Rhode Island, the reason I am asking is as I said her husband died last month and he had a will but he never took my sister off the deed to their house and now his sister who is the executor of the will just put the house up for sale a few weeks ago. My... Read more »

Denneese Seale
Denneese Seale answered on Aug 25, 2015

As she predeceased her husband, you may not have anything coming from the estate. However, if you would like to meet with and discuss the case, please feel free to contact me or any of the fine attorneys here in Justia.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: If my sisters name is on my mothers house, can she keep the house when mom passes no matter what the will says?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 22, 2015

Your mother's last will should be the controlling document.

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Q: which is the best way for me to stop other siblings from forcing my house to probate

my dad is to old fashion to leave the house to just 1 person, but he fails to want to believe his children will not force it sold even know his only wish /demand is no one is to sell his house, which is the best way to do this?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 30, 2014

Encourage your dad to hire and attorney and write a will specifying exactly what he wishes.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: I revoked my power of attorney. How can I get a "balance sheet" showing how he managed my money?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 25, 2013

Consult with a local attorney to file a petition for an accounting.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: Owned home prior to marrying,headed for divorce, if i die b4 court will my children get home or the husband?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 2, 2012

You should consult with a Rhode Island attorney to ensure your wishes are effected. This will probably involve creating or modifying your will. contact my office at help@401divorce.com for further details.

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