Probate is the process for administering a person’s estate after death. When a person dies without a will, the property will be distributed under the intestate statute in Washington. If the person has died with a will, the will controls the distribution of property after death. In Washington, an executor will be appointed to carry out probate or estate administration duties. Washington courts do not normally supervise probate matters once the executor is appointed and executors are given broad fiduciary responsibilities.
There can be difficulties and challenges during any probate case that can arise, it can help to have an experienced attorney representing the estate to help avoid procedural errors and costly mistakes.
I represent both taxable and non-taxable estates in probate and estate administration proceedings. I understand the challenges that can be associated with probating an estate and advise executors about the assets in the estate and help them navigate probate for a smooth process.
Attorney Lisa Ellis is a member of the King County Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and Washinton Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
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