What is Probate?

Simply put, probate is the legal process for distributing a person’s property after they die. Unfortunately, many find the probate or the probate court process a bit daunting – especially while also going through the draining process of grieving the loss of a loved one.

Truthfully, though, in Washington, the probate laws may not require a formal court proceeding following death, regardless of whether your loved one died with or without a valid will (also known as “testate” or “intestate“).

Is Probate Required in Washington?

File_001 (1)Technically, the answer is no, as there is no requirement to go through probate court following the death of a loved one. Practically speaking, however, there are a few common reasons why you may need to initiate probate proceedings:

  • To transfer title to real property (i.e., home or property) that is in the decedent’s name; or
  • The decedent has personal property (cash, securities, or other personal assets) that exceeds a value of $100,000.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: If your loved one left a Last Will and Testament, Washington State requires that it be filed within 40 days of death.

You may also need to initiate probate proceedings in one of the following circumstances:

  1. Accessing a safety deposit box;
  2. Paying certain debt or debts; or
  3. Prosecuting or defending a lawsuit in the name of the deceased.

What Does Probate Cost in Washington?

Transparency and easy billing practices are at the center of our business because we think that constantly watching the clock gets in the way of a trusting and positive relationship.

Evergreen Law Office proudly offers Flat Fee pricing for most simple probate matters as well as reasonable Hourly + Retainer pricing for more complex estate representation. We will always discuss pricing in detail, in advance.

Evergreen Law Office – Probate Court Services Offered

With offices in Puyallup-Tacoma, our probate attorneys are ready to bring their holistic approach to representing your loved one’s estate throughout Pierce and Thurston County.