Washington Probate Services, Inc.

Probate is a court procedure in which a personal representative has the authority to pay debts and sell or distribute assets in accordance with the wishes outlined in the will or in accordance with the law. WPS’s staff is trained in all aspects of probate to act as your personal representative.

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Common Glossary of Terms

Last Will and Testament

Document used after your lifetime, wherein you designate who you want to be your personal representative and how you wish your property to pass.

Living Will

Document used to inform your doctor if you do or do not want nutrition and hydration if you are diagnosed to be in a terminal or in a permanent unconscious condition. It also helps you avoid extraordinary life sustaining measures.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

Document used during your lifetime to give a person you designate the authority either immediately or upon your incompetence to handle your health care needs.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (credit card size)

NEW! You may obtain a condensed power of attorney containing language involving health care decisions. This is used when there is an emergency or when your power of attorney is not readily accessible.

Durable Power of Attorney for Finances

Document used during your lifetime to give a person you designate the authority either immediately or upon your incompetence to handle your financial needs.

Community Property Agreement

Document used to transfer all property whether real or personal to the surviving spouse.

Codicil

Document used to make a change to your will without having to execute another will.

Living Trust

Document used during your lifetime to hold property in trust for your benefit during your lifetime. The property in trust passes to your successor and eventually your beneficiaries without probate.