Estate Planning & Probate

With a well-grounded approach backed by years of experience, Wolff, Hislop & Crockett can assist you in a wide range of estate planning and probate matters.  We invite you to contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment.

Wolff, Hislop & Crockett advises clients in the following areas:

  • Wills & Trusts
  • Asset Preservation & Management
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Taxation Issues
  • Probate & Administration of Estates
  • Trust & Estate Litigation (Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act, TEDRA)

Estate Planning (iˈstāt/ planiNG) noun

  1. the ongoing process of arranging one’s affairs to protect assets during life, direct medical care and financial decisions during possible incapacitation, and efficiently direct distribution of one’s assets at death.

The estate planning and probate team at Wolff, Hislop & Crockett offers expertise in all types of estate planning and probate matters, assisting individuals, fiduciaries, and businesses in achieving their goals.

Estate planning is a necessary step to leave your legacy and to ensure your assets end up where you want them.  This process not only involves planning for end of life matters, such as preserving one’s estate or making decisions about property distributions, but it also involves lifetime asset management, such as tax and insurance planning, trusts, or lifetime gifts.  Our attorneys will advise you on a full range of succession and planning options, relying on extensive experience to create a personalized estate plan to suit your individual goals and desires.

In the unfortunate event that you are unable to make important financial or medical decisions for yourself, clients should also complete powers of attorney and healthcare directives as part of their estate plan.  Although this can be a difficult topic, these documents will eliminate uncertainties about how you desire your assets and medical care to be managed in the event you are unable to.

Wolff, Hislop & Crockett also advises partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations on their succession plans.  Importantly, succession planning not only provides for the continuation of business after death, but it can benefit your business now, but fostering the next generation of leaders.  Proper business succession planning requires sound preparation, and the attorneys at Wolff, Hislop & Crockett can assist your business in preparing and completing a smooth and equitable transition of corporate interests.

Pro·bate (‘prōˌbāt) noun

  1. the judicial proceeding in which an individual’s will is proved and validated, their creditors are paid, and their decedent’s assets are distributed.

If you have a loved one who has recently passed away, or if you have been appointed the personal representative or administrator of an estate, our attorneys are able to assist you through the Washington or Idaho probate process.  Probate is the procedure by which a decedent’s estate is administered and his or her assets are distributed.  In Washington or Idaho, there are various timing and notice requirements for probating an estate.  There are also different rules for distributing property depending on whether the person died with a will (testate) or without a will (intestate).  Many factors affect how an estate is administered, including community property, debts and creditors of the estate, appointment of guardians for minor children, trust administration, federal and state taxes, non-intervention powers, and will contests.

Washington has a special statute designed to resolve conflicts during the probate of an estate, known as the Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA).  Using a combination of litigation and negotiation skills, the attorneys at Wolff, Hislop & Crockett are experienced at using TEDRA as a litigation alternative.  We are also able to coordinate ancillary probates, or probates that take place outside of Washington or Idaho.

If probate matters become contested, the litigation attorneys at Wolff, Hislop & Crockett are prepared to advocate on your behalf, whether you are a beneficiary, an executor, or a trustee.  Our firm is well equipped to handle matters regarding lost wills, breach of fiduciary duties, disputes over estate distribution, will contests, and other complex disputes.