Estate Planning Probate

Vancouver, Washington, Estate Planning Lawyers

Few things are certain in life. Make sure you are prepared for whatever may come — the expected and the unexpected — by working with a lawyer to develop a comprehensive estate plan.

At Morse Bratt Andrews & Terry LLP, our firm's roots in this region extend back to 1949. Our lawyers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the estate planning process. We provide personal, friendly service, and we will be there whenever you have questions during the estate planning process. Call us today at 1-877-818-7852 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Wills and Trusts

What will happen to your assets after you pass on? At Morse Bratt Andrews & Terry LLP, we help clients draft wills and trusts that clearly express their wishes. We also help clients avoid common legal pitfalls. For example, since Washington is a community property state, your will must account for the fact that your spouse owns a share of your assets even if you have been divorced for decades. If it doesn't, that single mistake could render the will invalid and open the door for bitter probate litigation among your beneficiaries.

Elder Law & Guardianship

As we grow older, we begin to recognize the possibility that one day we may no longer be able to take care of ourselves or make fully rational decisions. By establishing guardianship and powers of attorney before becoming impaired, you get to decide who will become responsible for your care. At Morse Bratt Andrews & Terry LLP, we help individuals designate guardians and powers of attorney in preparation for what may come and also in response to sudden debilitating illnesses and injuries.

Additionally, we can help you draft a living will. A living will is a document that tells the world what you want to happen if you fall into a coma and appear unlikely ever to recover.

Probate

Probate is the formal process of settling the estate of the deceased and transferring legal ownership of property and assets to recognized beneficiaries. Our attorneys counsel executors and estate representatives in paying debts and applicable taxes, as well as settling disputes.

Litigation

The probate process is not immune to controversy. Disgruntled relatives and unnamed beneficiaries may believe that the deceased's will incorrectly distributes the estate. Disputes also arise when someone passes intestate (without a will). In these situations, our lawyers are prepared to seek resolution through a civil action.

At At Morse Bratt Andrews & Terry LLP, we offer a full range of estate planning services. You can learn more during an appointment with an attorney at our firm by calling 1-877-818-7852 or by contacting our offices online.