Inheritance Laws of Rhode Island, Question 4

4. The city with the largest population in Rhode Island is Providence, population 178,042. For comparison, the next most populous city, with less than half of Providence’s population is Warwick with 82,672.

I used Martindale-Hubbell to search law firms in Providence, R.I. that “specialize in probate/estate planning”. Martindale listed many firms that have a probate/estate planning/trust practice among their other practices. I chose Verrill Dana LLP which was established in 1862. Their website is: http://www.verrilldana.com

I chose Verrill Dana LLP mainly because of their well presented and information rich website. Probably because they have 135 attorneys, they are able to staff three groups for each of the areas being examined here. The lawyers in Verrill Dana’s Probate Litigation Group represent individuals, fiduciaries and institutions involved in contested and uncontested matters involving trusts and estates in the probate courts. Another Verrill Dana group is the Fiduciary Services Group which serves as trustees of trusts and representatives of estates. Their site says they offer “full service trust management, trust administration.” There is also an Estate Planning and Estate Administration Group.

I like that Verrill Dana’s website justifiably boasts about their apparently well-deserved accolades: “Selected by Fortune Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell as a “2015 Top Ranked Law Firm.”” And the firm was “Recognized in the 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings”. The most impressive accolade occurred  on 4/30/2015, when Law360, a company owned by Lexis, released its 2015 Glass Ceiling Report, in which Verrill Dana is ranked the “11th best law firm for female attorneys”. In the report, the Firm is also recognized for “surpassing the national average for percentage of females in its partnership by 14%”.

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