When someone dies and they have to go through probate to transfer their property to their heirs the court will at some point issue something called Letters of Administration.
Today we are going to talk about what those are.
The non-technical definition of Letters of Administration (often just referred to as “letters”) is the document that appoints a specific person to be the personal representative, giving them the authority to act on behalf of the decedent’s estate to take care of everything.
This includes buying and selling property, organizing and paying outstanding debts, and then organizing and paying out to the beneficiaries.
The technical form of the letters, via RCW 11.28.140, looks like this:
Whereas, A.B., late of . . . . . . on or about the . . . . day of . . . . . . A.D. (year) . . . . died intestate, leaving at the time of his or her death, property in this state subject to administration: Now, therefore, know all persons by these presents, that we do hereby appoint . . . . . . . . . administrator upon said estate, and whereas said administrator has duly qualified, hereby authorize him or her to administer the same according to law.
Witness my hand and the seal of said court this . . . . day of . . . . . . A.D. (year) . . . .
This is just another example demonstrating that you can learn about probate law and what happens when a loved one dies without being a probate lawyer.
You just have to do a little research.
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