Estate Planning and Probate

Bradshaw & Richards offers services in the probate of estates both with or without Wills. The probate process involves the final accounting necessary for an individual’s property, the payment of outstanding obligations of the deceased and the appropriate delivery of assets and property to the deceased person’s rightful heirs.

In addition, Bradshaw & Richards offers services in the preparation of estate planning documents such as

  • Last Wills and Testaments
  • Trust
  • Directives to Physicians
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Medical Powers of Attorney

Bradshaw & Richards also offers services in guardianship matters.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Probate and Estate Planning

Q:    How long does probate last?

A:    Probate is a process that requires at least four months to complete. The four month period is to cover a creditor’s period. Realistically, one can count on the probate lasting at least six months, which would include the four months creditor’s period.

Q:    What is probate?

A:    Probate is a process where the legislature has provided a mechanism for providing a full accounting of the deceased’s estate, and the transfer of that estate to the deceased person’s heirs. The estate could include real property, bank accounts, operating businesses, stocks and personal property, to name but a few categories. The estate would include all of the assets, as well as the liabilities owed by the person at the time of their death. This probate process can involve the probate of a Will that was prepared before the person died, or can be an administration of the estate so that the estate can be devised unto the heirs as designated by the statute in Washington. The best analogy may be that preparing a Will is like writing down the recipe for a cake. Probate is the gathering, mixing and baking of all those assembled ingredients as required by the recipe.

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Kerry Richards provides competent and thorough legal advice and documentation for your probate.  He listens to your needs, gives you personalized attention, and tailors his services to fit your situation. 

Probate can be overwhelming and Kerry helps keep it understandable and manageable.

Jody, Seattle

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