Appointing an Administrator in Rhode Island

When you die intestate, the probate court will appoint an administrator to manage your estate according to Rhode Island intestacy laws. Typically, the court will choose a family member, such as a spouse or adult child, to fill this role. If no suitable family member is available or willing to serve, the court may appoint a qualified individual or institution as the administrator.

Administrator's Responsibilities

The administrator's responsibilities include:

  • Inventory and valuation of estate assets
  • Payment of estate debts and taxes
  • Distribution of assets according to Rhode Island's intestate succession laws
  • Accounting of estate transactions

Why Consult a Rhode Island Estate Planning Lawyer?

While intestate succession laws provide a framework for asset distribution, they may not align with your wishes or your family's needs. A Rhode Island estate planning lawyer can help you in the following ways.


An experienced lawyer can help you create a will that reflects your specific wishes, ensuring that your assets pass according to your wishes.

Minimizing Conflicts

Without a clear will, disputes among family members can arise, leading to costly legal battles. A well-drafted will can help minimize the potential for conflict.

Tax Planning

An estate planning lawyer can advise you on strategies to reduce estate taxes, potentially saving your heirs a substantial amount of money.

Protection of Vulnerable Beneficiaries

If you have beneficiaries with special needs or who are unable to manage their finances, an estate planning lawyer can help establish trusts and provide for their long-term well-being.

Peace of Mind

Knowing that your estate plan is well-crafted and legally sound can provide peace of mind, allowing you to focus on enjoying life without worrying about the future.

Dying without a valid will in Rhode Island can lead to unintended consequences, potentially causing stress and conflicts among your loved ones. While intestacy laws will decide who inherits property, these laws may not align with your desires, making it essential to consult with a Rhode Island estate planning lawyer to create a comprehensive estate plan based on your wishes.

Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.