15 04, 2016

Why does the will need to be proven?

Probate laws are designed to protect the rights of heirs and creditors and to assure the orderly collection, preservation, and transfer of property.  In order to ensure that the Decedent’s bills are paid and Decedent’s property is accounted for, transferred to, and retitled in the names of Decedent’s Beneficiaries, it is important to prove your […]

04, 2016

What are “Letters” and how does one get them?

A letter of probate is a legal document that gives the executor the right to control the assets of a deceased persons estate.   Letters are the document issued by the Court evidencing its appointment of the Personal Representative: If Decedent died testate, the Letters are known as Letters Testamentary. If Decedent died intestate (technically, […]

04, 2016

What is the Washington state probate process?

What is Probate? Probate is a court-supervised legal process that may be required after someone dies. Probate gives someone, usually the surviving spouse or other close family member, authority to gather the deceased person’s assets, pay debts and taxes, and eventually transfer assets to the people who inherit them.   Probate Process in Washington State […]

04, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Probate in Washington State

What is Probate? Probate is the process through which the estate of a decedent that has passed away with or without a will is administered. Common issues that are addressed in the probate process include transferring assets to beneficiaries, paying the debts of the estate, establishing the validity of a will,1 and paying any taxes […]

04, 2016

What happens if someone dies without a will?

Intestate means that one has died without creating a will. When this happens, the intestacy laws of the state where you reside will determine how your property is distributed upon your death. This includes any bank accounts, securities, real estate, and other assets you own at the time of death. Real estate owned in a different […]

04, 2016

What are the differences between “testate” and “intestate”?

Intestacy: when the decedent[1] passed away without a last will and testament.  This is known as dying intestate. Testacy: when the decedent passed away with a last will and testament.  This is known as dying testate. If the Decedent dies testate with a valid will but those named to be the personal representative[2] are unable […]

13 04, 2016

Who is the will being proven to?

The will is generally being proven to be valid to the Superior Court in the county in which the Decedent resided at death.  Accordingly, probate cases are filed in the county where the deceased person resided or owned real estate. Some counties have a main courthouse and several smaller branches. Check the county’s rules to […]

24 03, 2016

Please define the term probate | Probate Definition

Dictionary Definition Probate 1.       (a) :  the action or process of proving before a competent judicial authority that a document offered for official recognition and registration as the last will and testament of a deceased person is genuine (b) :  the judicial determination of the validity of a will 2.      :  the officially authenticated copy […]

03, 2016

What is the Washington state probate process?

What is Probate? Probate is a court-supervised legal process that may be required after someone dies. Probate gives someone, usually the surviving spouse or other close family member, authority to gather the deceased person’s assets, pay debts and taxes, and eventually transfer assets to the people who inherit them. Probate Process in Washington State Probate […]

22 03, 2016

Mediation in Environmental Claims

If you believe you need to bring an environmental claim against another party or if you are facing an environmental claim, it is important to have Tacoma environmental law lawyers handling your case who will explore different alternative dispute resolution1 options whenever possible. One option that can save you time, money and energy is mediation. […]