King & Snohomish County Testate Probate Attorneys
When someone dies with a will, it can be easier than dying intestate (without a will). However, the probate process can still be complicated, even if your loved one had a will. Speak with a testate probate lawyer about your probate concerns in Snohomish County today.
When your loved one dies, their will should state who they designated to serve as the personal representative of their estate. This individual will be responsible for administering the estate and handling every step of the probate process. If that individual is not available, the court will need to appoint someone to fill this role.
Personal representatives have long lists of obligations and strict fiduciary duties to the beneficiaries of the estate. They often benefit from legal guidance regarding the following and more:
- Taking inventory of assets and property
- Notifying beneficiaries
- Filing the will with the proper court
- Paying creditors and challenging invalid creditor demands
- Filing taxes
- Distributing assets properly to the beneficiaries
Probate can be easier with a will providing directions, though a will can also bring up contests by beneficiaries or heirs. For example, if beneficiaries believe certain will provisions are invalid, they can challenge those provisions or even the validity of the entire documents. Common challenges are based on:
- Lack of testamentary capacity
- Undue influence
- Fraud or coercion
The personal representative will defend the will against these contests, and all parties involved need legal representation to prove their cases.
Contact a King & Snohomish County Testate Probate Lawyer
Never assume that because your loved one had a will, you will not need legal help with the probate process. If you face testate probate, you should discuss any concerns with the legal team at Bountiful Law. Contact us to learn more about our services and how we might assist you.