When setting one's estate plans in Providence, it is vitally important that the right people be asked to fill the right roles. Selecting an executor, personal representative or trustee should be a decision that a testator takes very seriously, given the authority that the people in those roles are empowered with. Typically, one establishes a very clear direction with how they want their estate to be managed, whether that be to immediate disperse funds to beneficiaries or generate income for them over time. Poor decisions on the part of a trustee or personal representative can easily derail those plans.
They say that there are two certainties in life: death and taxes, and regrettably, Rhode Island residents cannot avoid either one. There are, however, some efforts you can make while you are still alive to reduce the amount of your estate that your loved ones will ultimately lose to taxes. At the Law Offices of James T. Marasco, we are well-versed in the most effective methods of reducing estate tax, and we have helped many people with similar goals accomplish this and other estate planning objectives.
Estate planning is not something that sits at the forefront of most Rhode Island residents' minds (nor those of most adults in the U.S., for that matter). Indeed, according to information shared by the American Association of Retired Persons, more than 60 percent of American adults do not have a will. This is the case despite estate planning experts advising all adults that they create such documents early on in their lives. The main motivation behind seeing to one's estate planning is control. Without a will in place, one forfeits the opportunity to dictate who will receive the assets that they have spent a lifetime accumulating.
If you have recently lost a close friend or loved one, you may be dealing with a host of emotions stemming from the loss. You may have even more emotions if you discover that your passed loved one named you as the estate administrator or executor to the will. As the estate executor, there are a myriad of tasks you are responsible for in settling the terms of the estate and ensuring that the deceased’s property is properly distributed to the beneficiaries named in the will.
When preparing one's estate plans in Providence, one of the most important decisions to be made may be the selection of an executor. Whoever is asked to fill this role may be stepping into a monumental undertaking, one that can last for years (or even longer). This may be particularly true for estates that count intellectual properties amongst their assets. Renowned novels, songs or works of art may endure for many generations, and people may one day want to utilize them in their own works. It is in these scenarios where an executor or personal representative may really need to work to ensure that a creator's interests are well-represented.
Having a solid estate plan in place offers great peace of mind to both you and your family. However, it’s important that your plan is valid and legally binding, otherwise you run the risk of ending up in probate court. To help you and your legal team craft a reliable estate plan, The Street offers the following advice.
Some people in Rhode Island choose to write their own wills to save money on legal costs. While there are numerous DIY estate planning tools available, creating your own will can end up costing you and your family both money and time in the long run. The Balance offers the following insight, which might make you think twice before creating your own will.
When it comes to your will, you may have many different things to take into consideration. However, the way in which you divide your assets among loved ones is a crucial part of your will and our law office also realizes that this can be an especially difficult aspect of estate planning. For example, you may be uncertain of the best way to distribute assets among heirs and things may change in your life, causing you to rethink how you have set up your will. When this happens, you may even want to add or remove beneficiaries from your will.