Probate is the process of administering the estate of someone who has died. If there is a will, probate involves proving in court that the deceased person’s will is valid, making an inventory of the estate, paying debts and expenses, and distributing the remaining estate to the beneficiaries named in the will. If someone has died without a will, the estate will be distributed to the decedent’s family members according to the intestacy laws of the State of Washington.

In some situations, probate can be avoided. The need for probate will depend upon the value and the type of property owned by the deceased individual.

Attorney Lori Ferguson has the skill and knowledge to counsel you in this difficult time.  She provides a free consultation to individuals who may have questions about what steps to take after the death of a loved one, who need representation to carry out their duties as a Personal Representative of an estate, or those who need information about their rights as a beneficiary of an estate. She is also available for consultation in matters involving contested wills and trust administration.