Probate Administration 

The death of a loved one often occurs when you least expect it.  If you have been named in a will as a personal representative, or if your family believes you are the best person to act as the personal representative, then Nowakowski Legal PLLC is ready and available to assist you with this complicated process. 

Additionally, in the unfortunate event that a dispute arises regarding the estate, a will or a trusts of an individual, Nowakowski Legal PLLC is also available to assist you in acquiring the desired outcome.

Please see below how we can help you with both your Probate Administration and Estate Litigation needs:

Probate Administration

The probate administrative process is essentially the legal method in which an administrator, often called the “executor” or "personal representative," deals with the courts, taxing authorities, property and stock brokers, banks and other creditors, appraisers and, in many cases, lawyers who challenge the terms of the will on behalf of one or more of the testator’s disaffected relatives. The administrator’s goal is to dispose of the estate in a manner that best fulfills the testator’s intent: paying the testator’s taxes and lawful debts, making certain that bequests are paid according to law, disposing of real or personal property, establishing trust funds for specific purposes, and preserving the estate’s value to the greatest possible degree.

The executor is tasked with probating a will in accordance with the testators wishes and design, notifying all applicable entities of the estate distribution, determining the assets of the estate, and distributing the estate in accordance with the wishes of the testator and all applicable law.  If no will is available, then the administrator is tasked with handling the affairs of the estate in accordance with state and federal law.  

Nowakowski Legal PLLC is available to assist you in the event that you need assistance through the difficult tasks inherent in the probate administration process.

Estate and Trust Litigation 

In some unfortunate situations, a dispute arises as to the validity of a will, trust, or the manner in which a "personal representative" is administrating an estate. Depending on the situation, a claim may need to be brought in the probate, or through a separate but ancillary proceeding.  

Many disputes arising from a will, trust, or probate matter would fall under TEDRA guidelines in Washington State - The Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act. Unlike other types of civil litigation, this statute puts estate litigation on an expedited path toward resolution.  While this does provide parties with a quicker resolution, it also means that an attorney is required that both understands TEDRA proceedings, and is able to respond and react in an agile manner.

Nowakowski Legal PLLC is able to provide you with the necessary legal assistance in all of your estate and trust litigation matters.

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One of the founding principles of Nowakowski Legal PLLC is that we want our relationship to grow alongside your legal needs increase. As your life reaches higher levels of success, and as your legal needs continue to increase, we hope to always be the law office you turn to when you are in need.