Need Help Probating An Estate?
At Parr Price Law, PS, our attorney can help you with the administration of a trust or probate estate. Probate is the process that validates the decedent’s property, gathers up that property and distributes it as well as pays taxes and other debts of the estate. The process can be straightforward or complex, depending on the specifics of the individual’s estate. It is mandatory if you possessed real estate at your death. If you die without a will, your estate is probated according to the guidelines of the Washington intestate statutes. We can also assist with this type of probate administration.
Are You The Estate’s Personal Representative?
In most cases, a will names a personal representative who will be responsible for administering the estate. While complexity of the duties may depend on the complexity of the deceased’s holdings, for most people, having the advice and counsel of an experienced probate attorney is helpful and reassuring. We also assist with potential heir search matters, locating distant relatives who may be entitled to an inheritance.
Are There Potential Issues With The Probate?
We also provide experienced representation for any litigation matter related to probate, including TEDRA proceedings (the Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act) and any other court appearances. When a will has not been updated or when a decedent left more than one will, there may be disputes among potential heirs, leading to litigation. In some cases, there will be allegations of mishandling of the estate or trust by the personal representative made by beneficiaries, who feel they are not receiving their proper distribution. We are experienced with all manner of estate and trust litigation, and we can advise you of your options.
Do You Have A ‘Small Estate’?
In our state, the probate process may not be needed if the decedent’s estate qualifies as a ‘small estate,’ with assets under the statutory limit. This less formal process is not available if the decedent owned real estate. We can help you determine if the estate meets the statutory requirements.
Contact Us For Probate Assistance
It is never too early to think about estate planning. To speak with our lawyer for assistance with any probate or trust administration matters, call our Olympia office at 360-529-5523 or use our online contact form.