Guiding clients with experience and understanding
There are a lot of questions that come up when a loved one passes away. Who pays for the funeral? How are the final bills paid? How does their property get transferred to their family and friends the way they wanted it to?
“Probate” is the formal legal process of wrapping up an individual’s affairs after they have passed away, according to their intentions, whether or not they had a will. The court appoints a Personal Representative to handle these matters, but often the person appointed is a family member who is not familiar with the process.
If a loved one has recently passed away, it can be difficult and overwhelming to try to carry out their wishes, especially without someone to help navigate the legal mire that must be traversed to fully administer an estate. Both Washington and Idaho have various time and notice requirements to follow in order to properly administer an estate.
The law is complex. Our attorneys use their experience and understanding of the law to guide clients through the probate process quickly and effectively. They can also assist clients in determining how to fairly divide up sentimental items and other personal property.
How property gets distributed throughout the process is affected by many different factors, including:
- Did the person have a will?
- Did the person have a family?
- Did the person have community and separate property?
- Did the person own property in other states?
- Did the person owe someone else money?
- Did others owe the person money?
- Are there tax returns that need to be filed?
Despite the complexity, people avoid hiring lawyers to help them with a probate because:
- They believe lawyers are too expensive;
- They think that there is no need to go through probate process; or
- They think that because the family all gets along that there is no need for an attorney
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to do a probate?
The will indicates that I am to be the personal representative, does that mean I am responsible for paying for an attorney?
Aren’t attorneys expensive?
Whether you have been named as a personal representative or you are a beneficiary and would like help understanding the process and your options, schedule a consultation now.