Probate and Estate Administration

Probate is the process by which a person’s debts are settled and legal title of property is transferred from the decedent's estate to his or her heirs or beneficiaries.  The court will make a determination of who gets what whether or not you have a Will.  Our Law Office can help ensure that your wishes are followed and assist your beneficiaries and personal representative in making the probate process efficient and easier to handle while avoiding costly mistakes.  While it is common to use the same attorney for both probate and estate planning, please note that it may be more convenient (and perfectly ethical) for a personal representative to use a different attorney for the probate than the one who originally drafted the decedent’s Will (feel free to contact our Law Office if you have any questions).

If a person dies with a Last Will and Testament ("testate"), the probate court determines if the Will is valid, hears any objections to the Will, orders that creditors be paid and supervises the process to assure that property remaining is distributed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Will.

If a person dies without a Last Will and Testament ("intestate"), the probate court appoints a person to receive all claims against the estate, pay creditors and then distribute all remaining property in accordance with the laws of the state.

The major difference between dying testate and dying intestate is that an intestate estate is distributed to beneficiaries in accordance with a plan established by state law, and a testate estate is distributed in accordance with the instructions provided by the decedent in his or her Will.


The Law Office of Gary E. Gill, P.S. provides the following services in the area of Probate and Estate Administration
  • Represent Personal Representatives (Executors) in the Administration of probates (administer probates in all counties in Washington)
  • Settle estates with and without Wills
  • Represent clients in probate litigation - including Will Contests
  • Assist in transfer of non-probate assets at death of a decedent
  • Assist in the administration of revocable living trusts at death of grantor
  • Serve as a professional Personal Representative
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