PROBATE – IT IS BEST TO AVOID GETTING THE COURT INVOLVED TO ADMINISTER ESTATES
Compassionate Legal Counsel During A Difficult Time
The death of a loved one is never easy. As an experienced probate attorney, I understand the personal and legal challenges people face after losing someone. I provide compassionate and sound legal counsel to those who need assistance with estate administration.
- Probate is the Court supervised process for publicly appointing an Executor (AKA Personal Representative – the gender neutral term) of the Estate to file an inventory, and pay taxes, creditors, and beneficiaries.
- Probate is the last resort method of transferring property of a deceased person to a beneficiary that has no other way to transfer.
- Probate does not require a Will.
- The fast, cheap, and private ways of avoiding the slow, expensive and public Probate include:
- Transferring real estate with a Transfer on Death Deed,
- Naming Beneficiaries on IRA, 401(k), life insurance and brokerage accounts,
- Using Payable on Death (POD) Designations,
- Re-titling accounts in your name as Trustee of your Trust.
A good book about what to do when a loved one dies is called: I’m Dead, Now What?: Important Information About My Belongings, Business Affairs, and Wishes: Peter Pauper Press
Here is how to mail notice to a credit bureau to get a deceased notice making fraud less likely.
Positively impacting the grieving of loved ones for their loss of you is important to promote peace and family harmony. I have been to a couple of “wakes” that were beer and pizza paid for by the Estate of the Deceased that got everyone together to tell stories and receive sentimental items. Everyone came together and thought the Deceased would have really loved the gathering. It was all about the people. Some more valuable property was passed outside of the gathering, but it was incidental and irrelevant when compared to the love everyone had for each other and their lost loved one. I wish that for everyone.
At Mulvaney Law Offices, PLLC, in Bellevue, Washington, I work with families and Personal Representatives to navigate them through probate. As your lawyer, I will offer straightforward guidance to help you handle your loved one’s estate appropriately and efficiently, while maintaining harmony among survivors to the maximum extent possible.
Top 10 Probate Pitfalls
If you are probating an estate, it is important to seek skilled legal guidance to avoid significant pitfalls that can lead to legal troubles and rifts in families. Common pitfalls include:
1. No will
2. No witnesses of will
3. Poor choice of personal representative
4. Personal representative not communicating with beneficiaries
5. Disagreements among beneficiaries
6. Disagreement between beneficiaries and personal representative
7. Inadequate inventory
8. Personal representative acting without beneficiary consent
9. Failure to secure estate property
10. Lack of focus on emotional impact of death and relationships among
surviving loved ones
Legal Services Offered
While my practice is centered on helping consumers get out of debt and protect themselves and their families in the event of death or incapacity, I am happy to offer additional legal services to my existing estate planning and bankruptcy clients.
I offer my clients legal counsel regarding foreclosure, buying and selling real estate, Transfer on Death Deeds, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, name changes, and real estate matters generally. MULVANEY LAW OFFICES, PLLC does not do litigation.
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