Probate Alternatives: Community Property Agreement
If the decedent is survived by a spouse or registered domestic partner, they may have appropriately entered into a Community Property Agreement providing for immediate transfer of all community property to the survivor at the death of the first spouse or partner. The professional probate lawyers at Lyons Sullivan can provide the survivor with legal help to record the agreement and an affidavit regarding it in any county in Washington where the property of the decedent is found. This can greatly reduce the time and expense of administering the decedent’s estate. However, there are times when, for various reasons, the couple was ill-advised to enter into the Community Property Agreement, or did so contingently. Lyons Sullivan can advise the survivor whether a disclaimer (discussed below) is appropriate in such cases.