The legal process of transferring property upon a person's death is known as “probate”. Although probate customs and laws have changed over time, the purpose has remained much the same: people formalize their intentions as to the transfer of their property at the time of their death (typically in a will), their property is collected, certain debts are paid from the estate, and the property is distributed.
The probate process may be contested or uncontested. Most contested issues generally arise in the probate process because a disgruntled heir is seeking a larger share of the decedent's property than he or she actually received.
Our firm's policy of settling only for the just compensation of our clients in preparation to litigate the merits of our clients' claims have created an unparalleled success for our firm in the area of probate. While most cases due in fact settle out of court our firm is prepared to litigate the matter as soon as we meet with the client on the first visit.
Your "estate" consists of all property owned by you at the time of your death, including:
Regardless of your age, or the size and complexity of your estate, an estate plan can accomplish the following:
Frank S. Lombardi, Esq., was the Probate Clerk for the City of Providence for 10 years where he served as the Administrative Head as well as Probate Judge of the state's largest Probate Court, presiding over many contested probate matters. He has the experience to help you with all of your estate planning needs.