When a loved one passes away, his or her estate often goes through a court-managed process called probate or estate administration. Through the probate process, the assets of the deceased person are used to satisfy taxes and debts of the estate before being distributed to beneficiaries. If your loved one owned his or her assets through a well drafted and properly funded living trust, it is likely that no court-managed administration is necessary, though the successor trustee needs to administer the distribution of the deceased's assets. The length of time needed to complete the probate of an estate depends on the size and complexity of the estate, but typically lasts 7-18 months.
We Are Here To Help You Through The Probate Process!
Losing a loved one is very difficult. If you are the next of kin or have been appointed as the executor of an estate in a will, there can be added stress navigating the legal probate process and dealing with the courts to settle your loved one's estate. If you find yourself facing the daunting task of administering the estate of another, you do not have to do it alone.
At Sound Legal Solutions, we help you with the administration of the estate and handle the difficulty of dealing with the court system. With our help, you and your family can focus on the important matters that arise following the death of a spouse, parent or other loved one.
What Do Probate Services Cost?
The cost of probate in Washington state can vary greatly depending on the estate's complexity. Typically, this ranges from $5,000 – $10,000 but can be much more. At Sound Legal Solutions, we require a $2,500 deposit to initiate the probate process and have you appointed as the personal representative of the estate. However, all costs of administering the estate are paid out of the estate itself. This means that you will be reimbursed for your initial deposit by the estate, and the remaining estate administration fees will be paid from the estate's assets.