You Choose Your Administrator & Beneficiaries

The Washington Legislature has already essentially written a Will for everyone called the Intestacy Statute. Intestate means dying without a Will & Testament. A person who makes a Will is called the Testator. Most people just use the default provisions provided.

Historically, a Will was used to give real property and a Testament was used to give personal property, but the term Will has come to include all property.

You have the right to override the automatic provisions, and substitute your own wishes by signing a Will. There are several reasons for doing so.

  1. You choose your Personal Representative (Executor).
  2. You choose your beneficiaries.
  3. You waive the bond requirement (the PR having to pay money to carry out the duties).
  4. A PR may renounce the duties if required to pay.
  5. You grant non-intervention powers, so the PR doesn’t have to ask the Court for permission to act. A PR may renounce the duties if required to go through the potentially costly and time-consuming process of filing Motions and setting them for hearings.
  6. You list items of sentimental value such as jewelry, art, antiques, collectibles, photographs, and scrapbooks that may mean a lot to particular surviving loved ones.

I am lawyer Christopher S. Mulvaney of Mulvaney Law Offices, PLLC, in Bellevue, Washington, and I am committed to providing clients with personalized and comprehensive estate planning guidance.

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