Estate Planning & Probate - Symmes Law Group

What Is Estate Planning?

Estate Planning and having an estate plan is something that everyone should have in place. It allows you to let others know your intentions regarding your medical decisions, assets and guardianship once you have passed away rather than allowing Washington State make those decisions for you. It can also help you avoid your loves ones from having to have your estate submitted to the state probate process and gives access to assets immediately rather than waiting several months until an estate is settled. Let Symmes Law Group carefully guide you through these critical decisions with a caring, collaborative hand and help you plan for your future and beyond.

Estate Planning in Seattle Washington

What is Probate?

A death in the family is one of the hardest times for loved ones. What makes it even more difficult is when families have to deal with paperwork and legal issues for the deceased and don’t know where to start.

Probate is the process of appointing a personal representative (if the decedent had a will) or administrator (if the decedent had no will) to notify creditors, pay debts, transfer and liquidate assets of the probate estate, and it allows a forum for family members, beneficiaries or creditors to contest a will or the division or liquidation of assets.

How Can A Seattle Probate Lawyer Help?

If the deceased individual planned ahead and had an estate plan prepared, the task of administering their estate can be relatively straight forward in Washington State. However, sometimes those left in charge of distributing assets to beneficiaries and closing accounts are not comfortable with their responsibility, may not be qualified to be a personal representative or the beneficiaries may disagree as to who should be named the personal representative. Other times, individuals may not have created a will, have an outdated will, and the estate administration becomes more complicated.

In general when somebody passes away and they have a will, the will must be filed within the Washington superior court in the county the person resided in within 40 days of death. The Personal Representative may be required to open a probate case if the person owned real estate or the person had assets totaling more than $100,000. Otherwise a small estate affidavit may be all that needs to be completed to avoid probate and start taking control of assets and bank accounts.

Symmes Law Group is experienced in helping clients with the administration of a decedent’s estate and getting a personal representative or administrator appointed to a probate case in order to start the probate process. Furthermore Symmes Law Group can help the personal representative or administrator sell real estate, transfer assets to beneficiaries, and navigate probate court as needed.

If you have any questions about what needs to be done after a death in your family, contact Symmes Law Group, LLC for a free consultation.


Latest Estate Planning Related News

What is Financial Self Defense? (7/31/2019) - Financial self defense is a term used to describe your overall financial well being and planning for the future and unknown.  I had the chance to discuss this topic on 1150 AM KKNW radio with Dr. James Gore the host
10 Things Young Families Should Think About When Drafting a Will and Estate Plan (4/28/2019) - An estate plan for 99% of people usually consists of a drafting a will, durable power of attorney and a medical power of attorney with an optional health directive. A trust may also be created, however for most common folks
How Can Bankruptcy Benefit Real Estate Investors and Consumers? (4/19/2019) - Last week attorney Richard Symmes had the opportunity to be on one of our favorite podcasts for real estate investing, the Seattle Investors Club Podcast. In the episode you will learn about attorney Richard Symmes’ background and experience in bankruptcy
How Do I Transfer Real Estate in a Probate? (1/29/2019) - Dealing with the assets, real estate and belongings of a love one who has recently passed away is never easy. If the loved one who passed (“The Decedent”) had assets of over $100,000 in Washington State then their estate must
Should I Have a Will In Washington State? (10/30/2018) - It is a good idea to have a will of your own in Washington State if you want to make things easier on your family when you pass away.  A will is a legal document in which you appoint a
10 Things You Need To Know About Probate in Washington State (4/30/2018) - Probate in Washington State is a court supervised procedure by which the ownership of property of a deceased person (the decedent) is determined.  Probate takes place in in Superior Courts of each county across Washington State.  The purpose of probate
Richard Symmes on 1150AM KKNW Radio Talking About the Importance of an Estate Plan (3/22/2015) -  On Monday 2/23/15 I had the pleasure once again of being a guest of Dr. James Gore on his radio show New Urban Unlimited on 1150AM KKNW in the Seattle area. I will be on the show which airs
Follow Symmes Law Group, PLLC on:
Seattle Bankruptcy Attorney on Google Plus  Seattle Bankruptcy Attorney on LinkedIn  Seattle Bankruptcy Attorney on Facebook  Seattle Bankruptcy Attorney on Twitter  Seattle Bankruptcy Attorney on YouTube

Symmes Law Group is a proud member of the following organizations: