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Making a Last Will and Testament in Rhode Island
A Rhode Island Last Will and Testament (a "Will") is a legal document that outlines your wishes regarding property distribution after death, including who will inherit your money, your home, or your personal belongings.
The individual making a Will is known as the "testator," while the person or organization being appointed to oversee the testator's estate after death is called the "executor." Suitable for residents of Rhode Island, this Last Will and Testament is made for use in Providence County, Kent County, Washington County, and in every other county in the state. Each Rhode Island Will from Rocket Lawyer can be completely personalized to address your particular circumstances. With this official legal document on hand, your executor(s) will have a point of reference for your preferences.
It is fast and easy to outline your wishes using a free Rhode Island Last Will and Testament template from Rocket Lawyer:
This solution is often going to be notably more affordable and convenient than working with your average law firm. If necessary, you can start this Last Will and Testament on behalf of your spouse, an elderly parent, or another relative, and then have that person sign it once you've drafted it. Please keep in mind that for this document to be valid, the testator must be mentally competent when they sign. If the testator is already incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions, a court-appointed conservatorship might be necessary. When managing such a scenario, it's important to work with an attorney.
Every adult should have a Last Will and Testament in place. Even though it may be challenging to think about, your loved ones will need to know your wishes in relation to guardianship (if applicable), your assets, and/or property should you pass away. Common circumstances where it would be useful to make or update your Will include:
Whether this Rhode Island Last Will and Testament is being produced as a result of a recent change in your life or as part of a long-term plan, witnesses and notarization will often help to protect your document if a third party questions its credibility.
Writing a Will is usually easy to do; however, you could still have questions. Finding someone to check your Will can take longer than you expect on your own. Another approach could be to request help from the Rocket Lawyer On Call® network of attorneys. Rocket Lawyer Premium members have the ability to request feedback from an On Call attorney with relevant experience or send additional legal questions. As always, you can live confidently knowing that Rocket Lawyer is here by your side.
The cost of meeting and hiring a legal provider to draft a Last Will and Testament might range anywhere from two hundred to one thousand dollars. Rocket Lawyer is not a run-of-the-mill Last Will and Testament template provider. With us, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer Premium membership can take advantage of up to 40% in savings when hiring an attorney from our On Call network.
Upon completing your Last Will with Rocket Lawyer, you'll have the ability to see it on any device. With a membership, you can make edits, download it as a Word or PDF file, print it out, or sign it. Alongside your Rhode Island Will, there is a checklist of next steps to take to finalize the document. Even if you make copies, make sure to keep your signed original in a safe location. It is critical that at least one other person knows where it can be found after your passing.
The specifications governing Wills are different by state; however, in Rhode Island, your Will must be signed by two witnesses. As a basic rule, witnesses must be mentally competent people who are of sound mind. Furthermore, it is highly encouraged that you have your Will notarized in order to reinforce the legitimacy of the document.
Rhode Island Last Will and Testament Laws: R.I. Gen. Laws § 33-5-5
A Last Will doesn't have to be filed with the county until the testator passes away. In Rhode Island, the executor must file the Will with the probate court within 30 days after the death of the testator. Filing a Will (alongside any other forms requested by the county) allows for probate to begin.