Seattle Probate Attorneys

It is critical that every adult have a will or other means to control the way in which their property and personal assets are distributed.  This is especially important if you are married, have children, or own a small amount of personal assets or property.  Even if you are single, ensuring that the property and assets you have worked hard to acquire are properly disposed of is vital.

Dickson Frohlich Understands the Probate Process

Probate is the legal process of transferring property upon a person’s death.  Although probate laws have changed over time, the purpose of probate has not.  Through probate, people formalize their intentions as to the transfer of their property at the time of their death, arrange for certain debts to be paid from the estate, and establish the manner in which their property is to be distributed.

How Does Probate Administration Work in Seattle?

The probate process is a court-supervised process designed to facilitate the transfer of a person’s property at death.  You may be familiar with the term “probating a will.”  This describes the process by which a person shows the court that the decedent followed all legal formalities in drafting his or her will.  In Seattle, the probate process usually takes six months to a year.[1]

What Happens in Probate?

The probate process may be contested or uncontested.  Most contested issues generally come about when an heir is not satisfied with their share of the decadent’s property.  Some of the common arguments raised when the probate process is contested include:

1.      Improper influenced of decedent in making gifts

2.      Decedent lacked the proper capacity to make a will

3.      The necessary legal formalities in drafting a will were not followed.

While contested probate issues can become serious, lengthy legal battles, the majority of probated estates are uncontested.  The basic process of probating an estate includes:

1.      Collecting all probate property of the decedent

2.      Paying all debts, claims, and taxes owed by the estate

3.      Collecting all rights to income, dividends, etc.

4.      Settling any disputes

5.      Distributing or transferring the remaining property to the heirs

Contact the Dickson Frohlich

If you have not formalized your intentions for the distribution of your estate, the probate process may prove challenging and emotionally taxing for your survivors. Avoiding the financial and emotional turmoil of will contests and other legal wrangling starts with choosing an experienced probate attorney.  A will is a formal way of setting forth your wishes regarding how you would like your property distributed upon your death, and the experienced attorneys at the Dickson Frohlich can help you create one.

Dickson Frohlich Can Help

Hiring an experienced probate attorney to guide you in administrating an estate or the probate process is vital. With assistance from an experienced Dickson Frohlich probate attorney, you can have confidence in the knowledge that your loved one’s estate is being managed properly and that you will be provided with security from personal liability.

No matter the probate issue, Dickson Frohlich has over 100 years of experience helping people make and deal with their final personal arrangements, such as executing wills or administering estates.  We are the Seattle legal consultants to turn to for help with any estate or trust issue.

For more information or to discuss your special concerns just call our Seattle office for a FREE 15-minute phone consultation at 253-572-1000. We look forward to working with you.


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    Thomas L. Dickson

    Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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    Robert P. Dickson

    The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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    Mark S. Johnson

    Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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    Daniel J. Frohlich

    Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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    Chris Lindemeier

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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    Daniel Pizarro

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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    Alexander Wisbey

    Alexander Wisbey comes to the firm with 5 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He has first chaired several jury trials and has extensive experience handling arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and settlements.

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    George Knight

    George is an honors graduate of Emory University School of Law. While there, George served on the Emory Law Journal as an Articles Editor.

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