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Avoiding probate court is a must for every Kent resident

One thing many Kent residents tend to avoid thinking about is death. After some of the recent malevolent tragedies to plague our nation, one can rarely know when to expect death. Since the topic is so morose, many people tend to avoid thinking about what will happen to their loved ones upon their demise. When it comes to estate planning, numerous individuals have left their family and loved ones to the cumbersome process of probate court to determine how their assets and property will be divided.

The last thing most individuals want upon death is to leave a stranger in charge of dividing their assets. Avoiding probate court can save many families a lot of stress and anxiety. Like many things in life, death can be unexpected. By setting up a proper estate plan, an individual can insure their assets are distributed according to their end-of-life wishes.

A common misconception with estate plans is that they are only for the wealthy. This is entirely untrue. Most estate plans are relatively easy to construct and affordable for most. There are many do-it-yourself kits available for one to construct a basic estate plans. While it may be done alone, many prefer the guidance and help of an attorney.

An estate plan cannot be written out on an ordinary piece of paper, it must be filed under the state of Washington for it to be valid. Once a proper estate plan is constructed, it is imperative that the documents are accessible to one or more trusted friend or family so that the document will not get lost.

Avoiding probate court is very consequential for every Kent resident. Often times assets and property will be distributed against the wishes of the decease without a proper estate plan. Death cannot be prevented, but avoiding probate court can.

Source: The Evening Sun, "Financial Consulate: Planning your estate," Ryan Fox, April 25, 2013

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