Very simply probate is a legal process that may be required
after an individual passes away.Here
are the steps that must be taken during probate:
1.You must petition
the Superior Court to be appointed as personal representative and prove in
court that the deceased person’s will is valid.
2.You must identify
and make an inventory of the decedent’s property.
3.You must have
assigned a value to all of the property, which may mean that you will need to
have it appraised.
4.You must pay from
the estate’s funds all taxes and other obligations relating to the property and
any other debts owed by the deceased individual at the time of death.
The executor of the will must manage all of the assets
during the probate process.Because
title to property does not transfer automatically, even a perfectly drafted
will does not avoid the need for probate in order to obtain clear title to the
assets. However, if the decedent signed a community property agreement, it may
be possible to avoid probate upon the death of the first spouse.
Seattle probate attorney Lyle Clark can prepare wills,
powers of attorney and healthcare directives for you.If you are proactive you can avoid a great
deal of time and expense in the future.Rely on the 35+ years of experience that Attorney Clark has had with
estate planning and probate.Set up a
meeting at his Bellevue office today by giving him a call at (425) 452-3092.
Since 1973 the State of Washington has not used the word
divorce to describe the legal process for ending a marriage.The Washington State legislature adopted the
Marriage Dissolution Act, which was designed to eliminate the concept of fault
from marital proceedings.The Act
abolished the need to prove fault as the grounds for terminating a marriage and
did away with the concept of alimony in favor of spousal maintenance.
Marriage dissolution is essentially the same thing as
divorce except that “fault” also has no bearing on the division of property or
the award of maintenance.If a marriage
is irretrievably broken, then there are grounds for the dissolution of
marriage.If, however, one of the
parties desires to contest the dissolution, he or she can petition the court
for conciliation, which is in effect forced marriage counseling through the
Understanding divorce law in the Evergreen state can be a
complicated matter.You need the
expertise of a veteran Seattle family attorney like Lyle M. Clark, Jr.Attorney Clark will put his more than three
decades of experience with the law to work for you to make sure that your side
is represented aggressively.Call Lyle
Clark and make an appointment at his Bellevue office right away at (425)