Category: FAQ

  • 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 in Washington typically takes six months to a year, depending on some choices the executor makes.  It can take much longer if there is a court fight over the will or unusual assets or debts that complicate matters. Unless there is a dispute, it's mainly a matter of filing paperwork. What Happens During the Washington State Probate Process The following tasks are accomplished through the pro

  • Washington State – Frequently Asked Probate Questions

    • February, 10, 2016
    • FAQ

    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 that may be due. What are the problems associated with probate? The probate process can cost an estate a significant amount of money due to legal and administrative costs. In addition, when an estate goes through probate, it can delay the transfer of assets for months or even years. Finally, the probate process is a matter of public record, so going through the probate process opens up an estate’s affairs to financial scr