Washington law requires that a Personal Representative settle the estate and distribute the decedent's assets "in a timely manner." (RCW 11.40.010) If you've been named Personal Representative, it is your duty to administer and wrap up the estate as timely as feasible, given the circumstances. This means you need to get the decedent's final bills paid, sell the house and other assets (if necessary), make specific gifts, and distribute the residue of the estate without unwarranted delay.

If you've been named Personal Representative of an estate and need legal help in performing your duties, give us a call at 253.858.5434 to see how we can be of service.