Category: Probate

What is Probate, Anyway?

Probate is the legal process for handling the affairs of a person after they pass away. While this is understandably an emotionally difficult process for the loved ones of someone who has passed, thankfully the probate process in Washington State is a fairly simple one. Probate involves opening an estate to gather and divide your [..]

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Probate Basics Continued – Letters Testamentary

When you begin the probate process to handle a loved one’s affairs after they pass away, you might hear the term “letters testamentary.”  Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration is a document issued by the probate court to validate and confirm the personal representative or estate administrator as the person who is legally authorized to [..]

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How to Open a Washington State Probate

To start the probate process, an executor needs to file several different documents. These documents include: a Death Certificate, an Original Will (if there is one), Oath of Executor, Petition for Probate, and a Proposed Order to Open Probate. Some of these documents might be slightly different if your loved one did not have a [..]

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Choosing Your Personal Representative

A Personal Representative can be any individual who is sane, above the age of 18, and who is not a felon and has never been convicted of any crime “involving moral turpitude”. Crimes involving moral turpitude are crimes such as fraud and perjury, crimes that inherently involve lying and dishonesty. A Personal Representative can also [..]

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People, Post, and Probate

Once a Personal Representative for the Estate has received their Letters Testamentary they are required to notify others of their Appointment. This is done through a formal Notice of Appointment that is signed by the Personal Representative and mailed to the required parties before being filed along with a declaration of mailing with the court [..]

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How to Avoid Probate with a Lack of Probate Affidavit

If you are the surviving spouse or sole heir after someone has died you may feel a large amount of pressure to deal with your loved ones affairs. If the only major asset your loved one had was real estate in Washington State and you have been named as the beneficiary on bank accounts and [..]

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