Probate

After a loved one passes away, probate can seem like a burdensome chore. With the help of an experienced probate attorney, the process can be smooth and efficient. At Ratcliffe Harten Galamaga LLP, our goal is to make the probate process as efficient as possible.

Efficient, Effective Assistance With Probate

Probate is almost always a lengthy process. However, failure to complete the requisite tasks in a timely manner can add substantially to the time it takes to close an estate. Moreover, delays and disputes can significantly erode the value of an estate. Our lawyers work to ensure that the process moves smoothly by promptly completing tasks such as:

  • Notifying creditors
  • Paying taxes and debts
  • Locating and marshalling assets
  • Distributing assets to heirs

We understand that most families who are facing the probate process are already going through an emotionally difficult time in their lives. With this in mind, our attorneys are committed to providing compassionate services to grieving families.

Probate Litigation

Well-crafted estate planning documents can often prevent disputes from arising. However, even the most ironclad will can be the subject of a will contest. In addition, heirs who suspect an executor of wrongdoing may bring a legal action. At Ratcliffe Harten Galamaga LLP, our attorneys defend executors against a legal action brought by heirs. We also represent heirs who seek to challenge a will or the actions of an executor.

Conservatorships And Guardianships

A loved one who is no longer able to manage his or her affairs can benefit from the protection that a conservatorship or guardianship offers. A conservatorship or guardianship allows a trusted family member to legally assume responsibility for a loved one's financial or medical affairs. To become a conservator or guardian, you must first be appointed by the court. Our lawyers can guide you through the appointment process and will counsel you throughout the duration of the conservatorship or guardianship to ensure that you are in compliance with the law.

Contact Ratcliffe Harten Galamaga LLP

For assistance with probate in Rhode Island or Massachusetts, contact Ratcliffe Harten Galamaga LLP, at 401-331-3400 or send an email.