The Reading of the Will, by M. Geoffrey Jones

In this segment, Mr. Jones picks up on the fictions surrounding the disclosure of the last will and testament of someone who has died, and relates Washington law on the topic.  One of the most common myths that is still deeply embedded in many lay people's perceptions about probate is the idea of a ceremony for the "Reading of the Will". They picture a dramatic scene in which the lawyer assembles together all of the family and interested persons (invariably including the decedent's longtime manservant) and reads aloud the Last Will and Testament of the deceased, unveiling for the first time the testator's last words about who is to … [Read more...]

The Reading of the Will: Discarding the Myths of Probate. By: M. Geoffrey G. Jones

Our Managing Partner, Geoff Jones, has taken the time to write about our practice and the myths associated with the topic of what happens to families when a loved one dies. We historically hear a universal declaration by our clients they wish to "avoid probate" yet as Geoff explains, this fear is largely a product of fiction.  In this several part series, he explores the reality of the practice, and lends comfort to the reader we have the family's interest at heart.  Part 1 : Introduction, Jarndyce v.Jarndyce. In his novel, Bleak House, Charles Dickens uses as a central plot device a probate case in the Chancery Court of Victorian … [Read more...]