Mary Anne Vance’s Answers

Mary Anne Vance

Seattle Probate Attorney.

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  1. My mother passed away in February. She had an investment account with Edwards Jones.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Mary Anne Vance
    2. Todd S Rayan
    3. Justin Eric Elder
    3 lawyer answers

    If you are in Washington State and if your mother's probate assets are under $100,000 you can use the Small Estate Affidavit form procedure and avoid a court probate. If the assets are greater than $ 100,000 you will need to hire an attorney and open a probate at the county courthouse. Washington State has efficient probate procedures.

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  2. Would a "last will and testament" filed in Washington State supersede the inheritance laws of another country?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Mary Anne Vance
    2. Jong M Lee
    3. Justin Eric Elder
    3 lawyer answers

    The foreign country 's law will control the inheritance of the property located in that foreign country. Many foreign country's inheritance laws predetermine that all or a portion of the deceased's property MUST pass to children and/or a spouse . Washington State has no such predetermination. A resident can write a Will leaving property to whoever they choose. In this case, the Washington Will would control the property located in the United States generally but not the property located in...

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  3. Am I entitled to L & I survivor benefits!

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Mary Anne Vance
    2. Justin Eric Elder
    2 lawyer answers

    I am sorry for your loss. You need to consult with an attorney who handles L and I cases/ Workers Compensation law.

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  4. My father recently passed away my grandfather ( dad's dad) filed for personal representative

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Mary Anne Vance
    2. Justin Eric Elder
    2 lawyer answers

    If your father left a Will naming your grandfather as PR then your grandfather should distribute the personal property as the Will specifies. Often a Will will state that the PR is allowed to choose which heir takes which article of personal property . Sometimes a Will specifies that certain items go to particular people. The PR must do what the Will tells him to do . If there is no Will then the intestate law of Washington would leave your fathers personal property equally to his children (...

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