Understanding Easements on Title to Real Estate

In today’s real estate market, real estate purchase and sale transactions are quite common. I have had several clients recently ask the question “should I be concerned with the easement on title to the property I’m purchasing?’” This is a very prudent question because certain easements can significantly impact the value and use of property… Read more »

Who gets my assets if I die without a Will?

When someone dies without a Will, that person is said to have died “intestate”.   Washington State Law has specific rules in place to determine who gets the net estate of someone who dies intestate.  Those rules are found under the intestate succession rules of RCW 11.04.015. In my experience, a good number of clients… Read more »

How often should you update your Will?

Often times I have clients tell me they have a Will that was prepared years ago and it is no longer valid.   My response to them is that a Will is generally valid unless it is revoked.   The fact a Will was prepared years ago does not automatically make a Will invalid.  A… Read more »

Probate asset or non-probate asset, what is the difference?

Probate is the legal process of settling the estate of someone who has passed away.  In deciding whether a probate is necessary, an evaluation of the character of the decedent’s assets must be made.   Are the decedent’s assets probate assets, non-probate assets, or both?   If all the decedent’s assets are non-probate assets, a… Read more »