10 11, 2016

Role of a Will in Probate

When a person dies, one of the first steps you should take is to determine whether or not they drafted a last will and testament during their life. If a will exists, Washington State law1 requires that you file it with the probate court within 40 days of the death. For this reason, the existence […]

7 11, 2016

Inventory of Assets in a Probate Case

In order to administer someone‘s estate, the personal representative must first understand the nature and amount of assets and property that needs to be distributed. Taking inventory of assets is one of the first and most important–yet often complicated–tasks in the probate process. While some assets or property may be specifically mentioned in a will, […]

5 11, 2016

How a Probate Attorney Can Help the Executor of an Estate

Death, while inevitable, is a topic that most people avoid. Even those who have developed a plan for their estate may have assets or liabilities that will still require attention after they pass away. Common examples include: paying taxes, settling debts, gathering the assets and determining proper distribution. Often times, these responsibilities are left to […]

3 11, 2016

The Costs of Probate

When you think of going to court, you likely think of doling out thousands of dollars in legal fees and costs. For this reason, you may assume that probate is always expensive and you may even be worried that it will significantly diminish the value of the estate. The truth is that probate does not […]

30 10, 2016

Common Will Disputes in Probate Court

The law in the state of Washington1 requires any existing last will and testament to be filed w ith the courts. However, simply because a will is filed does not mean that the document will dictate the distribution of the estate. In some cases, family members or others may question the validity of the will […]

28 10, 2016

Administering an Insolvent Estate

When you think of administering an estate after someone dies, you likely think of handing out their money and property to family members according to their last will and testament. However, many people have financial issues and may pass away with serious debts and few assets. When you have more debts than your do assets […]

4 05, 2016

What are the disadvantages of probate?

There are several reasons why some individuals prefer to avoid the probate process.  To many individuals, probate is a slow, tedious process that generally takes a very long time to complete, depending on the state.  Probate can also be a very costly process.   Additionally, because probate is handled in court, and court matters are public […]

05, 2016

What is the cost of probate?

Unlike other states such as California, Washington state law does not provide for the amount of commission or fees to be based on the value of the estate. While the cost of probate in Washington can vary depending on the size and nature of the estate, we have provided information below regarding fixed costs that […]

05, 2016

Are all assets subject to the probate process?

In Washington, probate may be necessary when: 1.      A person dies leaving property in his or her own name (such as a house titled only in the name of the decedent) or having rights to receive property, without a designated beneficiary 2.       The estate is worth over $100,000. Essentially, the only assets that are subject […]

15 04, 2016

What is being proved by the process of probate?

The probate process is the process where your beneficiaries and executor have to prove that your will is valid.  During the probate process, a court considers the many legal aspects of the will, including if it was legally created.   Specifically, what is being proved is that: The Will Was signed by its maker (its […]