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Probate Administration


When a loved one passes, an estate is created that may require administration by a personal representative (appointed under decedent’s Last Will and Testament). In Washington, estates larger than $100,000 require administration through probate (small estate affidavit need only be filed otherwise).


In a nutshell, probate involves collecting the decedent’s assets, notifying creditors of the bar date by which to bring claims, and distributing assets pursuant to the decedent’s last wishes (if valid Will exists and is admitted) or intestacy laws (if no valid will exists or is not admitted). Washington allows personal representatives appointed under a Will to serve non-intervention powers similar to a trustee administering a trust.

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