Probate proceedings are intended to provide a mechanism for the orderly transfer of a decedent’s property while protecting those who might have an interest in the property, including heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, and taxing authorities.

Generally, the laws of Washington govern the proceedings; however, individual county superior court systems may have additional procedures designed to streamline the process in your local area. You may click here for a full definition and explanation of Probate as well as answers to some commonly asked questions.

The Janicki Law Firm handles all matters relating to probate including:

Probate Related Matters:

  • • Contested wills and related issues
  • • Representation of personal representatives, trustees, heirs and beneficiaries from all states
  • • Handling of complex family issues and disputes
  • • Mediation of estate disputes
  • • Efficient estate administration
  • • Management, funding and administration of trusts

Non-Probate Administration:

  • • Revocable Living Trusts
  • • Small Estates
  • • Payable on Death Estates – beneficiary designation problems
  • • Life Insurance Defects and/or Administration
  • • Affidavits in lieu of probate

The probate process is necessary to:

  • • Collect and protect the decedent’s property.
  • • Identify any wills and/or documents of intent (trust or property agreements.)
  • • Identify the beneficiaries, estate creditors, and any other individuals or entities that may be entitled to assets of the estate or have claims against the estate.
  • • Pay all debts, expenses, valid claims – often requiring an “estate bank account” with a new Tax Identification Number.
  • • Set up trusts or other accounts for incapacitated beneficiaries.
  • • File and pay necessary taxes.
  • • Distribute the property of the estate properly, according to the will and according to statutes.
  • • Close the probate through the court.

You may click here for a full definition and explanation of Probate as well as answers to some commonly asked questions.