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Probate Law in Washington

Probate lawyers assist you in carrying out the wishes of your loved ones

Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss.   Kris Zabriskie or Steve Olson, probate attorneys, at Olson & Zabriskie, Inc., will assist you with the legal procedure so you can focus on moving forward.  They collectively have more than 50 years of  legal experience and know how to ease the stress of probate by skillfully guiding executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate

Many executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process.   The lawyers at Olson & Zabriskie  can guide you through all aspects of probate, including:

  • Filing the will with the appropriate Washington Court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Giving guidance on making sure estate taxes or IRS forms are filed when necessary and consulting with tax experts when appropriate
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate

Olson & Zabriskie assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate.   When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents,  and other professionals to assist with executor duties.  We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes

Even in seemingly straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries.  Our attorneys’ professional demeanor can assist in calming the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will.   When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, we are adept at managing these disputes.  When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s rights within the Washington probate court.

Contact our knowledgeable probate lawyers for a consultation.

We serve clients in Montesano and throughout Washington. Call us at 360-249-6174 or contact us online for a consultation.