Probate and Estate Lawyer, Seattle
Dickson Frohlich is Seattle’s preeminent probate law firm. With over 100 years of experience, we have established a strong reputation for providing superlative service in probate law in the greater Seattle area.
Our team of attorneys is led by founding partner, Thomas L. Dickson, who has helped clients prevail in real estate and probate-related matters for over 100 years.
Our probate and real estate attorneys represent a broad base of local clients in a wide range of probate matters, including assistance in and establishing a guardianship, filing a will, probate litigation /disputes and protecting assets for decedent’s heirs or beneficiaries.
The Importance of Probate Law
The death of a spouse, parent or any other dear family member is a stressful event. Probate is the legal process in which a person’s final debts are settled and legal title is formally passed from the deceased to his or her beneficiaries and heirs.
In the United States, administration of an estate on death arises if the deceased did not complete a will, or did not completely dispose of all assets in his or her will. This would entail additional steps to the process as the estate becomes subject to public scrutiny and additional costs of probate.
This is why it important to give timely and thoughtful handling to the development of a will. At Dickson Frohlich, our attorneys have experience in composing wills that will allow you to plan ahead and give you confidence that the division of your estate is properly detailed.
We are also here to help in the legal process after a relative has passed on. We understand that this is often a confusing and time-intensive process, which is even harder to go through under stressful times.
Dickson Frohlich provides professional legal assistance to clients in the Seattle region in probate law matters; we have extensive experience in processing court filings and tax and probate matters across the state.
Practice Areas in Probate Law
- Explain the legal process after a relative has passed on
- Assistance in filing a will
- Assistance in protecting your assets for decedent’s heirs/beneficiaries
- Counsel on how to contest a will
- Representation in probate litigation
- Representation in trust litigation
- Representation in estate litigation
- Assistance in creating a guardianship
- Formal and summary probate administration
- Estate and trust administration
- Undue influence
- Postmortem estate planning
- Representation of personal representatives
- Appointment of a special administrator
Protect Your Personal Liability
The personal representative of an estate must act prudently and effectively because he or she may be personally liable for mishandling asset allocation between heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors. For example, a personal representative may become personally liable for a debt if an amount that should have gone to a creditor went to a beneficiary or heir.
By hiring Dickson Frohlich to help administrator of the estate, you are minimizing your personal liability and protecting yourself against allegations of misconduct by other heirs of the estate. Additionally, we can help you in mediating any estate-related dispute. Our professional representation will help you wrap up probate affairs in a smooth manner.
Dickson Frohlich Can Help You in All Probate Matters
For more information on your probate, trust, and estate planning services – or to discuss your special concerns – just call our offices in Seattle for a FREE 15-minute phone consultation at 206-621-1110 or 253-572-1000.
I highly recommend Dickson Frohlich and if I ever need a lawyer again they will be my first call.
- Jeremy H.
I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate this firm! These guys helped me through one of the most challenging legal situations I’ve faced in my life. Their skill and expertise literally saved my business. I’ve dealt with other counsel in the past but the Dickson firm was by far the most competent and tactful counsel I’ve ever received. I would recommend this group to anyone!
- Keith D.
It’s a pleasure to work with the guys at Dickson Frohlich. One of the first things that stood out to me was how down to earth and friendly everyone at the firm is. I would definitely recommend them.