Probate in Washington

Contested Probates

From time to time, terms of a Will or Living Trust aren’t clear, or controversy develops over a Will because of other reasons. Either the Will needs to be defended by the Personal Representative, or an heir feels that the Will is not valid, and so they challenge the Will.

Over the years, we have helped on both sides of these unfortunate situations. As much as possible, we encourage families to settle their differences amicably, because that is what the Decedent would have preferred. When that can't be done, we provide litigation services. 

Washington State Courts handle these controversies through the Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act, known as TEDRA. There are strict timelines, mandatory Court appearances, and many special procedural rules. Under the TEDRA rules, mediation is required before trial.

You should contact us immediately if you are involved in a controversy over a will or a trust. TEDRA actions operate on a shortened timeline. The earlier that we get started, the better that we can serve you.