This is the second post in our Washington State Probate series. In case you missed it, you can find it here. The probate series blog is designed to provide information regarding Washington State probate and to answer questions that we are commonly asked regarding probates.
Washington State Probate: When do I call an attorney?
Often as estate planning/probate attorneys, clients call right away to let us know that a loved one has passed away. We typically advise clients that they can take their time before coming to our office to meet with us. This allows clients to be with their families and remember their loved one and when they are ready to gather the information needed to move forward regarding their deceased’s property. We suggest taking a week or two (or more if needed) and then making an appointment to come to our office.
Washington State Probate: What do I do if I am named as the personal representative?
The first step is to call an attorney who is familiar with probate and probate alternatives. Your attorney may meet with you and depending on the circumstances guide you through the probate process or a probate alternative. You are not required to hire the same attorney that drafted the Will.
Washington State Probate: What information do I need to bring to meet with my attorney?
You attorney will likely request you bring the following information with you:
Original Certified Copy of Death Certificate;
Names and addresses of all beneficiaries named in the Will; and
Names and addresses of all the Decedent’s children and grandchildren.
In the event you have any questions regarding the probate process please feel free to contact the attorneys at Leos & Gilkerson, PLLC.
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