The probate process in Washington can be tedious if left incorrectly explained, which is why we here at Puget Sound Probates are offering this two part blog series to discuss some of the most frequently asked questions in the probate process. Check out FAQs – Part 1 here!

What Do You Do If A Person Dies Without A Proper Will?

The Superior Court of the proper county (in which the decedent resided at the time of death) appoints a Personal Representative who distributes property to heirs who “take by inheritance” or “take by intestate succession” as determined by a prioritized list of recipients. “Intestate” means the probate process occurs without a valid will by the decedent.

What Are Letters Of Testamentary?

The court issues Letters of Testamentary to acknowledge that the PR fulfilled the probate appointment. If the decedent died without a valid will, the court appoints a PR and releases a Letter of Administration in order to proceed with the probate process.

How Long Is The Probate Process In Washington?

It is generally dependent on the preparations made by the decedent; however, it ranges from 6 months to 1 year to complete the entire process.

What’s The Cost Of The Probate?

Generally in the state of Washington, the Probate Process is a minimum of $350. You will most likely add to that for commissions and fees as well as other choice costs including lawyers, appraisers, and accountants. While it’s not necessary to seek the help of these additional sources, it makes the probate process much easier as they are professionals. (And we here at Puget Sound Probates are happy to help you make this process as easy as possible – click here to get in contact with us to learn more about the probate process and how our probate lawyers can help you during this hard time).