My brother is the oldest and my dad believed that the oldest should take care of this. He didn't leave a will that I know of but it was known that we were to share the estate. There was three boys but one the sons passed away. Dad wanted the third sons share to go to his wife and kids. The... Read more »
You can file a 'request for special notice' with him and the court where probate is opened. Request an estate inventory, at the same time. He is required to provide this to you within 10 days of request (if the probate has been opened 90 days). This will at least provide you a list of all assets he...Read more »
Washington law allows people to sign a "small estate affidavit" to settle estates that the value of the assets are below $100,000.00 AND there are no creditors (this is important), and, as you indicated, there are no additional heirs to be consulted. However, since there was a will, in this case,...Read more »
The best course to resolve these issues (i.e. transfer of real property and efficacy of lien) is to use the probate process. Depending on whether he was married at death, his spouse or an interested party may open probate by seeking appointment as the "Personal Representative" (executor) of the...Read more »
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