Probate Matters

Probate is the process of putting a will into effect.

We represent family members and others with rights under a will, and we represent personal representatives (also known as the “executor” or “executrix”) through the probate process. If a person dies without a will, the process is similar except that state law dictates who receives estate assets.

Most probates are settled easily and without conflict. Occasionally probates need court intervention. Parties can often resolve differences through mediation rather than litigation. We encourage settling cases reasonably and to our clients’ advantage, however, we are ready and able to go to court for our probate clients.

Litigation

Litigating probate, trust, guardianship and other estate type issues.

Probate Litigation generally involves legal disputes over issues related to aging, disability, and death, including court battles over those still alive.

We work with many types of estate related issues in litigation, including Probate, Trusts, Guardianships, and Protection of Vulnerable Persons, as well as legal fights over powers of attorney, medical directives, and living wills.

Although we always try to resolve conflicts out of court through mediation and settlement, there are sometimes complex circumstances that make it is necessary for a court to decide and rule.

Contact us at (206) 523-0297 if you have questions about probate and estate disputes.