Seattle, WA asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Washington

Q: When someone passes away and an executor is assigned to the estate. Can a beneficiary just give himself an assignment

Does the beneficiary need an assignee?

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: When someone passes away and an executor is assigned to handle the estate, it's important to follow the proper legal procedures in Washington. As a beneficiary, you can't simply assign assets to yourself without going through the appropriate channels.

The executor is responsible for managing the distribution of assets according to the decedent's will or the state's laws of intestate succession. If you wish to transfer your share to someone else, you'll likely need to navigate the legal process of assigning your interest.

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