Probate

Probate in Washington State

What is Probate?

Probate is the administration of a person’s assets and liabilities upon death. We offer experienced representation of clients in both routine and difficult probates.  We represent both heirs and personal representatives before the Superior Court in order to initiate probate proceedings and ensure that matters proceed smoothly and efficiently.

The probate process can be very difficult for families.  It’s hard to lose someone you love, and then deal with all of the financial and legal complexities resulting from a probate.  We seek to streamline the probate process, and make it as simple, efficient and understandable as possible – while protecting our clients by making sure all legal requirements are met.

Our Probate Practice

We conduct our probate practice in a thoughtful way, so as to avoid disputes with creditors and with family members.  Probate is never fun, but we try to make it as easy as possible for families. The grieving is the hard part. The probate should not be.

Estate Heirs

In addition to our legal work representing Personal Representatives in the probate process, we also represent heirs who believe that the probate is not being conducted properly. Sometimes, unfortunately, Personal Representatives fail to properly administer their fiduciary duties and do their job with integrity. Our Seattle office works with estate beneficiaries to “look over the executor’s shoulder” by filing for Special Notice. Here is an article Stacey wrote on filing for a Special Notice.

We help our clients determine whether or not the probate is being conducted properly, and work with the estate’s attorney to find out needed information and help keep things on track. If needed, our office provides experienced representation in helping estate heirs resolve disputes with the estate. Here is more information on  TEDRA, the Washington Trusts and Estates Dispute Resolution Act.

Trusts

In addition, the probate process can involve setting up and administering trusts – such as testamentary trusts for minors to pay for their health, education, maintenance and support. We help our clients navigate their way through the often complex requirements of these types of trusts.

Stacey writes and speaks on Probate in Washington State. If you’d like to learn more you can check out the Publications and Presentations and Radio pages.