FAQs

What is a Community Property Agreement?

By |2020-05-19T17:34:21-07:00May 19th, 2020||

A typical community property agreement is a document whereby you and your spouse agree on three basic principles: (1) that all assets that you currently have are community property, (2) all assets that you accumulate in the future will be considered community property, and (3) upon the death of the first spouse, all such community

What is Community Property?

By |2020-05-19T17:33:33-07:00May 19th, 2020||

Washington law generally defines community property as those assets that you and your spouse acquired during your marriage regardless of how the asset is titled. Separate property is defined as property that you acquired prior to the marriage, and property that you inherited or that was gifted to you even if the gift or inheritance

What is Codicil?

By |2020-05-19T17:32:06-07:00May 19th, 2020||

An amendment to a person’s will is called a codicil. A codicil must meet all the requirements of an ordinary will, including being signed by the testator and witnessed by two people. To admit a codicil to probate, the court will require a proper attestation by the witnesses, as the court does with a will.

What’s a Bond?

By |2020-05-19T17:30:10-07:00May 19th, 2020||

For probates, a bond is a type of insurance policy whereby a bonding company guarantees that if the personal representative is liable for any wrongful act, the bonding company will pay the harmed party up to the bond amount.

Who Are Beneficiaries?

By |2020-05-19T17:26:33-07:00May 19th, 2020||

If you have a will or trust, the people whom you name to inherit under these documents are described as beneficiaries. These may or may not be your “heirs,” who are the family members who would inherit under Washington’s default law on inheritance (see “Heirs”).

Who Is Your Attorney-In-Fact?

By |2020-05-19T17:25:32-07:00May 19th, 2020||

Your “attorney-in-fact” is the person you name in your power of attorney to manage your financial and/or health care matters. Under Washington law, this person can also be referred to as your “agent.”

What Is an Attestation?

By |2020-05-19T17:21:31-07:00May 19th, 2020||

A will is valid if it is signed by the testator and two witnesses. However, before it can be admitted to probate, the witnesses must appear in court to provide testimony regarding the will signing ceremony. In the alternative, the petitioner can present the court with a document, in which the two witnesses swear or

Who is an Agent?

By |2020-05-19T17:19:50-07:00May 19th, 2020||

Your “agent” is the person you name in your power of attorney to manage your financial and/or health care matters. Under Washington law, this person can also be referred to as your “attorney-in-fact.”

What is a Probate?

By |2020-05-19T17:18:13-07:00May 19th, 2020||

A probate is a legal process that comes to the forefront in the wake of someone’s death. A person is designated by the court to sell or transfer a deceased person’s belongings, pay off their bills, manage tax issues, distribute the remaining assets according to the person’s will, and then properly close the probate. If

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