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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    Attorney Thomas L. Dickson

    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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    Attorney Robert P. Dickson

    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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    Attorney Daniel J. Frohlich

    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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    Attorney Mark S. Johnson

    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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    Attorney Daniel E. Pizarro

    Daniel E. 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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    Attorney George Knight

    George Knight

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, George is active in the firm’s civil litigation and transactional departments. His practice is mainly centered around business law, real estate law, construction law, employment law, and probate law.

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    Attorney Chris J. Lindemeier

    Chris J. 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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    Attorney Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander J. 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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    Attorney Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer is an associate attorney at Dickson Frohlich where her current practice focuses on real estate law, contract and commercial disputes, and business law.

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    Attorney Cambria A. Queen

    Cambria A. Queen

    Cambria is an Associate with Dickson Frohlich PS in the civil litigation department, where she practices primarily real estate and probate law.

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    Attorney Alex J. Britain

    Alex J. Britain

    Since becoming an attorney, Alex Britain has practiced extensively in the areas of estate planning, probate, and civil litigation, especially related to probate issues.

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    Attorney Katherine E. Baals

    Katherine E. Baals

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Katherine practices in a range of areas, including real estate, construction, business, and civil litigation.

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