Community property agreements may eliminate the need for probate on the death of the first spouse.
Attorney Lyle Clark can also prepare powers of attorney and healthcare directives.
Even with a properly drafted will, it may be necessary to probate an estate to clear title to assets such as real estate. If you inherit a house, for example, the mere fact that you have been left the property in a will does not transfer it into your name. Probate provides a process for doing so.
In Washington State, most probates are “nonintervention” in nature, which means that the process is relatively inexpensive compared to other states because the court is not involved in in the settlement of the estate once it has been opened unless there are contested issues.
Lyle Clark is an experienced probate lawyer who can also assist clients in determining whether probate can be avoided.