What is Probate?
Probate in Washington State is the administration of a person’s assets and liabilities upon death. As probate attorneys, 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 as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
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. Learn more about our Probate Process.
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.
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. We work 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.
See what our clients are saying…
”Stacey’s law firm was very responsive and timely in answering my questions... I would certainly recommend Stacey and her law firm."Kathleen McRobertsProbate Client