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Christopher S. Mulvaney, Esq.

The law of Wills in contained in RCW 11.12. A Will can leave gifts to a Trust pursuant to RCW 11.12.250.

You can review court cases relating to Wills in Wasington at the link below:

Washington Court Cases Regarding Wills

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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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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Mulvaney Law Offices, PLLC is located in Bellevue, Washington, representing estate planning & probate, chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, and real estate transactions clients in:

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