Seattle and Tacoma Probate and Administration of Estate Attorneys

Helping you through the probate process

Both the probate and estate administration processes and laws1 may be intimidating and confusing for many people. The probate attorneys at the Dickson Frohlich are highly skilled in leading clients through the process in a highly efficient and professional manner.


What is probate?

Probate is the term for the court process required to prove that a deceased person’s will is authentic and valid and also to carry out the intentions that the deceased set out in the will.

The probate process can be surprisingly complicated, time-consuming, and costly if not handled correctly, especially if the deceased person did not implement any other estate planning devices besides a will.

The probate court must determine whether a will is valid and must address any objections to the validity of the terms of the will by any potential beneficiaries or heirs. Such arguments over terms of a will may turn into lengthy legal battles and you always want to make sure your rights are protected.

Having representation from an experienced attorney is imperative, as it would be in any other type of court proceeding, and can help the probate process go more smoothly and be less costly.

Assisting with estate administration

Even if a will is found to be valid, administering the estate in accordance with the terms of the wills is a complicated task in itself. The will should name an executor who is responsible for estate administration, which can include the following:

  • File the will with the probate court
  • Locate and notify all beneficiaries
  • Locate the deceased’s assets and manage them throughout the probate process
  • Open a bank account for the estate for any stock dividends or other payments that may come in during probate
  • Continue to pay all bills such as mortgages and homeowner’s insurance until the property is transferred
  • File and pay income taxes for the year during which the individual died
  • Notify creditors of the death and probate and pay debts out of the estate
  • Distribute all real estate, assets, and personal property to the proper beneficiaries in the will
  • Request the probate court formally close the estate

As you can see, estate administration can be complicated, and the assistance of a skilled attorney can be invaluable for the executor throughout this process.

Contact a probate attorney in Seattle or Tacoma for assistance

If you are a family member or an executor facing the probate process, you should always have an experienced probate lawyer helping you during the process. At the Dickson Frohlich, we have extensive experience with probate and estate administration.



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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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Rebecca Corcoran

As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Rebecca is active in the firm’s business law department. She can help with entity formation, intellectual property, as well as any necessary litigation involving your business’s needs

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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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Reed Speir

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Reed Speir has lived in the Tacoma area since 1994. Reed earned his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

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