Helping Washington State residents efficiently manage your loved one’s final affairs

If you are the executor or administrator of a loved one’s estate or hold power of attorney for an incapacitated family member, you may feel very overwhelmed. You may be unsure of your obligations or the steps you need to take. Even worse, you may be facing disagreements with beneficiaries, creditors or co-executors. Whatever the case may be, the Bellingham estate planning attorneys of Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP have seen it before.

With over 40 years experience, they know how to handle the full range of probate and estate administration issues. From routine probate to probate litigation, our experienced attorneys have provided competent counsel and representation on all sides of the probate and administration process.

Bellingham probate issues

Estate administration and probate are designed to be simple and straightforward processes. Unfortunately, in practice, this is not always the case, especially for those with limited experience in the process. There are numerous filing, notice and tax requirements and failure to meet these obligations can result in delays and even disputes with beneficiaries. But by consulting a Bellingham probate attorney, you can approach the process with confidence knowing that you have experienced legal counsel from someone knowledgeable about the requirements.

Even if you are familiar with the process or have served as an executor or administrator before, not all probate is straightforward. Disputes can arise from a variety of sources and, if not properly checked, can lead to Bellingham probate litigation. For these reasons, it is usually wise to consult a Bellingham attorney during the probate and administration process:

  • Challenges to the validity of the will
  • Disputed interpretations of the will
  • Disputes between co-executors
  • Allegations of incapacity or undue influence
  • Disputed claims by creditors
  • Uncooperative beneficiaries
  • Disputes over distribution

When these issues arise, it is important to act quickly with the help of an estate administration lawyer to avoid protracted disputes which can substantially delay distribution and sap assets form the estate.

Importance of estate planning

Regardless of your age or financial situation, proactive estate planning is something everyone should consider. Having a clear and well-drafted will in place can help limit your estate’s tax liability and ensure your loved ones receive their shares promptly. Moreover, it can help your family avoid many of the disputes and uncertainties that can ultimately lead to probate litigation. The experienced attorneys of Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP work with our clients to provide personalized estate plans that address their individual concerns and fully memorialize their final wishes.

Our Bellingham estate planning attorneys help take stress out of probate

The law firm of Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP provides estate planning counsel and probate representation to clients throughout the state. From our offices in Bellingham, WA, we serve clients throughout Whatcom, Island, Skagit and San Juan counties and British Columbia. Contact us today online or by calling 360-671-6565 to schedule a consultation.