The need to discuss the subject of Probate means someone has died. This is a distressful and sad occasion for surviving family members. At McPHERSON & McPHERSON, we strive to be empathetic as well as provide professional and knowledgeable assistance during this time.
Probate legal consultations should be done by the surviving spouse or the person who is named as Personal Representative (Executor or Executrix) in the Last Will and Testament; or the surviving spouse or the closest relative, in the event there is no Last Will and Testament. There is no need for anyone else to attend the consultation.
Unless there are pressing issues, a probate consultation need not be done immediately after the death. Give yourself time to grieve.
PROBATE IN WASHINGTON STATE SHOULD NOT BE A LONG OR DREADFUL EXPERIENCE - WE CAN HELP.
WHAT IS PROBATE?
Simply stated, probate is the process of transferring legal ownership of a deceased person's property. After someone dies, legal steps must be taken to ensure property owned by that person goes to the rightful new owner. Just because the family members know that Mom wanted Dad to have her share of ownership of the family home after she died does not mean nothing should be done. A deed must be prepared transferring title to Dad and that deed must be authorized by law. This is done through the probate process, which requires the assistance of a lawyer.
At McPherson & McPherson, probate attorney time is charged at our usual hourly rate, and NOT a percentage of the estate. Whatever time required is charged, no matter what the monetary value of the estate. We believe this is fair and reasonable. Obviously, if there are problems with the probate, such as contesting persons, that probate will take more time than a non-contested probate. (The best way to possibly avoid a contested probate is to have your Last Will and Testament prepared by McPherson & McPherson. See Wills & Estate Planning).