Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Directives are all tools used in a comprehensive estate plan. The firm is a member of Wealth Counsel, LLC a national network of exceptional estate planning attorneys. As such, you can rest assured that you will have top-notch legal advice and unparalleled documents to ensure that your wishes are carried out. Whether you have a meager estate or a complicated taxable estate, it is absolutely critical to have your affairs in order. Initial consultations are free of charge.
Probate is the court-supervised process of gathering a deceased person’s assets and distributing them to creditors and inheritors. With or without a Will, we will:
- Determine if the estate needs to be probated
- Open a probate action in the appropriate Court
- Complete the numerous legal requirements for notifications and recordations (i.e., publish the Notice to Creditors and provide notice to DSHS)
- File the appropriate paperwork to close probate
The probate process can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months.
Small Business Planning:
Thinking of starting a small business? Own rental property? We can help you form a Limited Liability Company “LLC”, or other forms of entities to limit your personal liability and protect your other investments. We are also able to assist business owners plan for succession of the business. Our fees vary depending on the complexity of the venture, the number of investors, and the capital involved. Please contact us today for an estimate.
Real Estate Transactions:
A person’s home is generally their biggest investment. In both bear and bull markets, the marketplace is filled with people looking to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals. This is why it makes sense to have the best possible representation that you can find. Woodinville Law’s services include traditional buyer and seller representation as well as transaction review.
Distressed Property Counseling:
A homeowner can become “distressed” for a number of reasons. Lost income, predatory lending, unexpected medical bills, and divorce are just a few of the reasons that a homeowner cannot afford their monthly mortgage payment. If the homeowner also owes more to the bank than their property is worth, the homeowner will not be able to sell their home. If you are in this situation, there are several possible solutions, including asking the bank to participate in a short sale, take a deed in lieu of foreclosure, or modify your loan. In some situations filing for bankruptcy may be the best solution. Each different option has different benefits and detriments and the firm will guide you through the options available and help you decide on the best solution for your particular situation.
Short Sale Negotiations:
If a short sale is the proper solution for your situation, you need an experienced negotiator on your side. The firm is unique in the fact Keith Wells is also a licensed real estate agent with Windermere Real Estate in Woodinville, WA. This allows a one-stop, full service transaction. You will have an experienced real estate agent to sell the home as well as a skilled negotiator to increase your odds of having any offer submitted be accepted by the underlying lenders. This combination of services is rare.
Sometimes life throws you a curveball, and litigation is the best or only way to resolve a dispute. We are committed and experienced litigators who can help you with personal injury, breach of contract, professional malpractice, probate, construction defect, and negligence claims. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants, and will work tirelessly to ensure that your interests are fully protected. We also offer consultation assistance for small-claims matters, and offer private arbitration and mediation services for our clients.
Almost every aspect of today’s world is governed by contracts. Employment, leases, construction, professional service, purchase and sale, independent contractor, and warranties are a few of the many types of contracts that we can help you with. From drafting and revising to negotiating and litigating, we will represent your interests to ensure you are receiving the optimal benefits while minimizing the risks of the contracts you are a party to.