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Probate is the legal process used to transfer title to property left by a decedent. When someone dies leaving property titled in their name, the court must appoint a Personal Representative who will have the legal authority to transfer the decedent’s property. The Personal Representative is a fiduciary and must act in the best interests of the beneficiaries. She has the important duties of marshaling and protecting the assets of the decedent’s estate, paying debts of the estate and then distributing the assets to the beneficiaries. There is no exact time frame for probating an estate but an average non contested probate generally lasts nine months to a year.
In certain circumstances, a full probate is not necessary. When a decedent’s estate is valued under $100,000.00 and includes no real property, Washington allows the use of Small Estate Affidavits to transfer the property. Additionally, when an estate is comprised of only real property, Washington allows that property to be transferred with a Lack of Probate Affidavit.
Trust Administration is the process of distributing a decedent’s estate when the assets of the estate have been placed in a Trust. It is similar to a probate in that debts must be paid and all the assets must be marshaled and then distributed according to the Trust documents. However, there is no court process to adhere to and it is the Trustee, or Successor Trustee, that fulfills these duties rather than a Personal Representative.
Whatever your situation, KRISTINA DEVORE LAW FIRM, PLLC can help. Please call to 360.695.0535 to set up a free one-half (1/2) hour consultation with Kristina.
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