I am sorry to hear about your loss. This is unfortunately a common experience between spouses, but something where a local Spokane attorney would be able to assist you. As his surviving spouse you are given priority under Washington law to serve as the administrator of his estate. A simple petition advising the court of his passing without a will, a description of the estimated value of his estate and a summary of his family should be enough to get you appointed as the Administrator.
I recommend working with a knowledgeable attorney who can assist you with the various statutory notice requirements and deadlines involved in probating an estate and working with creditors.
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I agree with my colleague. Contact a local probate attorney to help you prepare the petition and open probate. In the meantime, change your automatic deposit so you have access to your paychecks.
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You need to contact a probate attorney to initiate probate. Use the AVVO find lawyer function for Spokane.
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