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When a loved one passes away, it is a difficult time for family and friends.  Not only is it an emotional time, but it is also a time when the affairs of the loved one must be settled.

To help you with the legal requirements of settling a loved one’s affairs, you need the advice of an experienced attorney who can review your situation.  Working closely with family members or other parties on behalf of the loved one, the attorneys of Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS can assist you with probate proceedings if needed, or provide you with legal guidance for alternatives to probate.

The Probate Process

The legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person is known as “Probate”.  This involves resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property to the heirs in accordance with the person’s Will, or if there is no Will, in accordance with the intestate statute.  The process is overseen by a Probate court which ensures that everything in done in accordance with State laws and that the estate is distributed correctly.

Under Washington law it is often not required to admit a Will to probate or appoint an Administrator of an estate to settle the affairs and transfer the assets of a loved one who has passed.  If there is a requirement to utilize the probate process to settle an estate, we have experienced counsel who can guide you through this process in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

Alternatives to Probate

In some situations, the formal Probate process is not required.  For example, probate is not required if:

  • there is a surviving spouse and the parties signed a community property agreement
  • the parties had a revocable trust agreement
  • there is no real property in the estate and there are designated beneficiaries on the bank accounts and life insurance policies
  • the property is held with right of survivorship

Our attorneys can assist you with settling the deceased person’s estate properly.  Non-probate services include Notices to creditors, transfer of assets, preparation of court Affidavits if needed, and filing & recording documents as needed.

Business Law

Businesses face difficult challenges in an area of law that is constantly changing.  Whatever the issue, from incorporation to taxation, collection to personnel problems, allow Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS to provide the assistance you need.

Starting a Business

When starting a business, one of your first decisions is the type of business entity you should have such as a partnership, corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC), or other entity.  This decision impacts a number of areas including taxes, ownership structure, estate planning, and numerous other factors.  To get started right, you need to know what the options are and get advice and answers from a dependable and experienced source.

At Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS, our attorneys can work with you to choose the best path to success for your business.

Needs of an Established Business

After your business is established, we can help you with all the complex legal issues that occur in today’s business environment.  Whether reviewing contracts, tax issues, employee agreements, or any other legal issue that affects your business, you can rely on the experience and advice of the attorneys at Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS.

Our approach to the needs of your business is comprehensive – many times a legal issue overlaps several areas of law.  Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate, Personal Injury – these are just a few areas which could impact the business and/or its owners.  Our firm includes attorneys in a variety of practice areas – their expertise and support are available to businesses when they need .

Business practice areas where our attorneys can help you include:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Benefit plans including fringe and retirement plans
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Compensation agreements for executive and key employees
  • Contracts including reviewing, negotiating and preparation
  • Employment agreements and policies
  • Intellectual property protection and licensing
  • Leasing of office and commercial space
  • Limited Liability Companies
    • for businesses
    • for real estate investments
    • for IRA retirement accounts
  • Litigation representation
  • Mergers, acquisitions, dissolutions and liquidations
  • Reorganizations
  • Succession planning for owners
  • Tax considerations and compliance

Real Estate

Whether buying, selling or managing property, you are dealing with one of your most important investments.  But real estate ownership involves an ever-increasing web of issues for which you need reliable legal advice.

The attorneys of Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS can help both residential and commercial property owners protect your rights and investment.  With a team approach, our attorneys can help you with simple transactions or when your situation involves complex issues involving landlord issues, litigation, estates, divorce, or other ownership problems.

Our attorneys can help you with:

  • Purchase and sale agreements – residential and commercial
  • Title & boundary concerns and disputes
  • Leases and landlord-tenant issues
  • Unlawful Detainers
  • Mechanic’s Claims of Lien
  • Homeowner’s Association liens
  • Easements
  • Deed preparation and recording
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC) formation

If you own or are thinking of purchasing property, you can call the attorneys of Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS for legal advice to protect your investment.

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