The process of organizing and arranging for the orderly management and disposition of your affairs and assets during your life and after your death.
Trusts are another tool to consider in your planning, either in your will or in a Living Trust and are preferable to a guardianship in caring for your minor children.
The administration of the deceased’s estate by a court, pursuant to the terms of the will or, if there is no will, according to the laws of intestate descent and distribution.
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In this complex case no body was found at the beginning of the probate. Martin Minarik, a well-known mountain climber, was still missing on Annapurna. We were able to persuade the court of the necessity of the probate by proving he had died on the mountain.
We are a global society and our clients live and travel all over the world. Each client has unique needs which will often involve coordination between our estate planning in Washington State and their estate planning in another country.
Many spouses, including domestic partners, come to us for estate planning whose estates are under $2,193,000 and may choose to execute a Community Property Agreement which transfers all the assets covered by the agreement to the surviving spouse without a probate.