Probate and estate administration are the processes by which a deceased person’s assets are collected and inventoried, debts and creditors are paid, and assets are distributed to heirs, beneficiaries, and loved ones.
At the Campbell Law Firm, our experienced probate attorney represents people in Anacortes, Oak Harbor, and throughout Skagit County and Island County who need help navigating probate court and the complex estate administration process.
When a person dies, an estate must be opened in the probate court of the county where the person lived. If a person dies with a Will (testate), the deceased person’s Last Will and Testament must be admitted to probate court and reviewed by a judge before estate assets are distributed. If a person dies without a Will (intestate), the court will appoint an estate administrator who will oversee the distribution of the deceased person’s assets.
A probate lawyer can help by filing the Last Will and Testament, preparing an inventory of the deceased person’s assets, and assisting with the payment of debts and taxes and the distribution of assets
Efficient and cost-effective estate administration requires a probate attorney who is familiar with local probate courts and the process of estate administration. A probate lawyer can help you avoid the stress of probate and ensure that all estate assets are properly accounted for and that your family does not pay unnecessary taxes or other costs.
While you are not required to hire an estate administration and probate lawyer, working with an experienced probate lawyer is helpful. Probate laws are complicated, deadlines are strict, and mistakes can be costly. In some cases, the estate administrator can be held personally liable if something goes wrong. An experienced probate lawyer can ensure that no deadlines are missed and that your family receives that maximum inheritance allowed under the law.
At the Campbell Law Firm, our probate lawyers help protect family assets from creditors, avoid the stress and time-consuming experience of probate court, and ensure an orderly and efficient inventory and distribution of estate assets.
At the Campbell Law Firm, our estate planning lawyers help you and your family meet your financial goals while minimizing estate and wealth transfer taxes. Our estate planning services include:
A Will, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives are the fundamentals of estate planning and ensure that your wishes will be carried out and your family is taken care of if you are unable to handle your affairs or when you are gone. They are the foundation of the legacy you will pass on to future generations.
More complex estate plans may include trusts that can be used to avoid probate, minimize estate taxes, and manage trust assets during the life of the trust-maker. Similar to a Will, a trust can provide directions on how your assets will be distributed when you are gone. A trust can also be used to manage trust assets while the trust maker is still alive. But unlike a Will, assets placed in a trust are not subject to probate court approval and will pass outside of probate. A trust offers greater flexibility and additional privacy while allowing you to pass on your financial legacy as you see fit.
Washington probate attorney Justin Campbell received an LL.M (Master of Laws) in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law. He uses this advanced degree in his probate practice to ensure that his clients do not pay unnecessary estate taxes as he helps families pass on the maximum inheritance allowed by law.
Based in Anacortes, The Campbell Law Firm helps people in Anacortes, Oak Harbor, and throughout Skagit County and Island County who need assistance with probate and estate planning.
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