If the value of the Estate is low, is a Probate still necessary?

Not always.  Washington state law provides for administration of Estates under a certain dollar value by using a small-estate affidavit procedure.  Any time after 40-days following the decedent’s death, someone entitled to receipt of estate assets may use this process to claim property held by someone else.  If an attorney determines this process is appropriate, it will avoid the costs and procedures typically required by a formal probate action.

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