BRENEMAN GRUBE, plcc : Attorneys and Counselors at Law

(206) 770-7606
1200 Fifth Ave, Suite 625
Seattle, WA 98101

Estate Planning & Probate

Legal services related to estate planning and probate are a substantial part of our practice. This can include:

  • Consultation regarding the manner in which clients wish to transfer their property to their families or charitable beneficiaries;
  • Estimates of the tax consequences of implementing clients' goals and advice regarding alternative methods by which those goals may be carried out;
  • Preparation of documents necessary to implement clients' plans, including Wills, trust agreements, powers of attorney, "living wills,” and other documents that may be required; and
  • Supervision of execution of documents and implementation of clients' plans.

Our relationships with our estate planning clients do not just end after the estate plan has been put in to place. After our clients' estate planning documents have been signed, we are pleased to respond at any time thereafter to their request that we review their estate plans, or the then-applicable estate tax provisions and other relevant laws, for the purpose of determining whether we would suggest any changes. In fact, we recommend that clients consult us for that purpose at least once every three or four years or whenever their circumstances change in any material way.

We are also often called upon to represent the Executor or Trustee in the process of administering a decedent's estate. Services in this area include probate proceedings, post-mortem tax planning, and distributions of assets.

Estate Planning & Probate law includes the following:

Estate Planning

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Giving
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Codicils
  • Community Property Agreements
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Dynasty Trusts
  • Estate Taxes
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Gift Taxes
  • Grantor Retained Interest Trusts
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • Joint Tenancy
  • Life Insurance
  • Living Wills
  • Personal Residence Trusts
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Restricted Fund Agreements
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Special Power of Attorney
  • Supplemental Needs Trusts
  • Trusts
  • Trusts for Pets
  • Uniform Transfers to Minors Act
  • Unitrusts
  • Wills

Probate

  • Asset Valuation
  • Creditors’ Claims
  • Distribution of Assets
  • Escheat
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Taxes
  • Intestacy
  • Nonprobate Asset Transfers
  • Small Estate Affidavits
  • Taxes
  • Trust Administration
  • Will Contests

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Trusts & Estates Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA)