When a property owner dies, assets that do not pass directly to others by beneficiary or payable on death designation are subject to formal probate proceedings.
Even where assets do have beneficiary designations, oftentimes other circumstances will dictate that the estate must go through the probate process.
What Is Probate?
Probate is the legal process of administering an estate once someone has passed away.
The process is necessary to:
- Collect or take possession of the decedent’s property
- Protect and preserve the decedent’s estate
- Pay all debts, claims and taxes
- Determine who is entitled to the assets and distribute the property accordingly
Is Estate Administration Necessary?
For some estates, probate proceedings are not required. The need for probate depends primarily on the nature of the assets, not just the size/value of an estate.
If a person wishes to plan his or her estate to reduce the assets subject to probate or completely avoid probate, several steps may be taken. You can discuss your specific options with our estate planning attorneys to better plan for your future.
We Can Lead You Through Probate
Probate law is complex. We have almost a century of experience working with Spokane and Washington courts during probate administration. When your loved one passes, let us guide you through the process to help things go as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our fees are reasonable, and we want to help make this difficult time at least a little bit easier for you. Call Cooney Law Offices, and learn how we can help: 509-598-2677.