Port Orchard Wills and Probate Lawyers Help Clients Accomplish Goals
Experienced Washington attorneys handle estate planning and administration
Through effective estate planning, you can protect your family’s future by establishing enforceable instructions as to how your assets should be distributed upon your death. GSJones Law Group, P.S. gives Washington clients comprehensive personal advice on the creation and execution of wills and other estate planning instruments. From our offices in Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island, we assist with wills, trusts, estate administration and litigation that arises during the probate process. Waiting to make these arrangements could put your family at risk. Whatever your goals might be, we can find a way to give you the security you deserve.
Established firm assists with wills, trusts and estate tax issues
Each client we represent has unique circumstances and priorities, which is why we take the time to gain a true understanding of your objectives when advising on:
- Wills — Our firm drafts and revises wills in accordance with Washington law so that the testator’s directives are clear and easily enforced. Even if you already have a valid will, we can help you examine its terms to see if the document still reflects your wishes. Should you decide that changes are in order, we can make the necessary revisions.
- Trusts — Trusts serve many different needs. One common type of trust allows someone to use their assets throughout their lifetime and transfer them to named beneficiaries when they die. This allows the recipients to take ownership without having to go through the probate process. In other instances, trusts can also be used to lower tax liability or fund a charitable cause.
- Estate tax issues — Both Sara Humphries and Norman Short bring advanced legal training that benefits our estate planning clients. Norman Short has more than a quarter-century of experience in tax law and can advise you on ways to minimize the tax burden if you believe your estate will exceed the current state threshold of $2.193 million. Sara Humphries is an accomplished family lawyer and uses that background to guide people looking to provide for their loved ones.
- Estate administration — We handle various administration tasks for estate representatives. Should you need guidance through the probate process, an explanation of intestacy rules when someone dies without a will or help locating next of kin when the decedent lacks close relatives, our firm can help. From situations involving complex holdings to small estates where perhaps a vehicle is the most valuable asset, we carry out probate responsibilities in a professional, cost-effective manner. Distant family members who are named to manage the estate of a Washington resident rely on us to explain the laws and procedures that apply here.
If you require assistance with an estate planning matter, our firm assists individuals and families throughout the Kitsap County region, including Bremerton, Silverdale, Seabeck, Gig Harbor and the area’s naval facilities.
Skillful litigator represents parties in probate litigation
Sometimes after a death, serious conflicts break out among named and potential beneficiaries. These disputes can threaten the value of an estate, particularly if the sides are unwilling to compromise. In probate litigation matters, our firm offers honest, practical counsel to estate representatives as well as individuals who are challenging the validity or execution of a will. Regardless of whether the disagreement stems from an allegation of undue influence, fraud, mistake or breach of fiduciary duty, our firm works diligently to achieve a result that honors the testator’s true intentions.
Contact a dedicated Washington attorney for assistance with a will or probate matter
GSJones Law Group, P.S. handles issues relating to wills and probate administration for clients in Kitsap County and the surrounding area. Our main location is Port Orchard and we also have an office on Bainbridge Island. Please call 360-876-9221 or contact us online to schedule a meeting regarding your situation.