This term refers to the probate of a person who has died and did not leave a Last Will and Testament. In this case, the distribution of the assets of the estate will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, which provide a legal order of beneficiaries entitled to receive the assets of the state. In this case, the probate court appoints an Estate “Administrator”, who serves in essentially the same capacity as a Personal Representative. The document conveying powers to act on behalf of the Estate for this person is referred to as “Letters of Administration”. Typically, in this situation, a spouse or other loved one will initiate the probate action and seek an appointment as Administrator.