Ticor Tech Tip – Understanding Probate

If a home is to be sold but the record owner is deceased it is imperative to identify who now owns the property. The transaction can then close if the proper parties execute a deed to the buyer.

A formal probate allows for the protection and orderly distribution, after payment of debts, of the assets of the deceased to heirs and/or devisees or a sale to a third party by the personal representative. Nonetheless, even though Washington probates are not expensive or time consuming, they often are not done. But how else will the buyer know that all of the title interest is properly conveyed? What if there are valid liens (including estate taxes or state Medicaid reimbursements) against the estate that would otherwise be paid in probate? That is where the “lack of probate” concept comes into play.

Three Basic Probate Situations

  • The owner was single – not married or a domestic partner
  • The owner was married or a domestic partner and it was community property
  • The owner was married or a domestic partner, but it was separate property (not community property)

There are variations: did the deceased have a will? Is the estate being probated (with or without a will)?

Ticor Welcomes Brandy Shell to our Covington Escrow Team!

We are excited to announce that Brandy Shell has joined our Covington Escrow Team! She brings over 18 years of industry experience with her and will be an invaluable resource for you and your clients.

Please join us in welcoming Brandy to the Ticor Title family!

About Brandy

Brandy began her escrow career in 2002 and quickly developed a passion for title and escrow. She worked her way from Escrow Assistant to Escrow Closer and then earned her LPO. Brandy specializes in resale transactions focusing on the Eastside and South King County marketplaces. She brings customer-focused communication and a skill for being solution oriented.

Brandy was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She also had the opportunity to live abroad and spent a few months in Brusque, Brazil. She currently resides with her husband and three kids in Lea Hill, Auburn. Brandy enjoys cooking up new recipes for her family, working in her yard, and watching her flowers grow.

Brandy Shell
LPO / Escrow Closer