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

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 […]

10 02, 2016

Washington State – Frequently Asked Probate Questions

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 […]

02, 2016

What Happens when an Executor does not Perform their Necessary Duties?

When a person dies with a will, the estate will generally have to go through the probate process in accordance with Washington laws1 before property can be distributed to beneficiaries. The testator (the deceased maker of the will) will have named an executor to take charge of the process of administering the estate. This process […]