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Michael D. Whipple

Michael D. Whipple

The Whipple Law Group, PLLC
  • Probate, Estate Planning, Business Law
  • Idaho, Washington
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Providing a wide range of quality legal services with a personal commitment to each client. We specialize in: Business Law, Estate Planning, Legal Guardianship Law, and Probate. At the Whipple Law Group, PLLC in Spokane, Washington we seek to inform and educate our clients so that they, in turn, may make informed decisions with regard to their case. We reduce the mystery and assist our clients in their navigation of the legal system. Personalized attention and ‘going the extra mile’ has and will continue to remain hallmarks of the Whipple Law Group, PLLC, approach to client relationship and services.

Practice Areas
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Gonzaga University School of Law
J.D. (2010) | Law
Honors: Graduated Cum Laude University Merit Award Scholarship Recipient Negotiation Competition Finalist 3 CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
Activities: Gonzaga Journal of International Law, Associate Editor
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Savannah College of Art & Design
M.A. (2006) | Historic Preservation
Concentrated on Municipal and State Government, Grants and Historic Districts
Honors: Sigma Pi Kappa, National Council for Preservation Education Combined Fellowship Award
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (2000) | Community Land Use and Natural Resource Planning
Honors: Planning Book Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper American Institute of Certified Planners Certificate for Professional Promise Virginia Citizen Planning Association Outstanding Planning Student Award
Activities: Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association, Board Member Virginia Tech University Council, Member
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University of Delaware
B.A. | Geography
Emphasis in Biogeography
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Professional Associations
American Planning Association
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Idaho State Bar Association
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Washington State Certified Professional Guardian
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Washington State Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
Robins Air Force Base, Joint Land Use Study
Smart Growth's Weak Link, Water and Sewer Planning
Certified Planner
American Institute of Certified Planners
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Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered
Q. Is there any reason to "leave probate open as long as possible" ? Does it benefit the heirs or the attorney?
A: Generally, no. Washington law requires personal representative to act in an effective manner in the best interests of everyone with a stake in the estate (creditors and heirs, alike).

RCW 11.48.010

General powers and duties.

It shall be the duty of every personal representative to settle the estate, including the administration of any nonprobate assets within control of the personal representative under RCW 11.18.200, in his or her hands as rapidly and as quickly as possible, without sacrifice to the probate or nonprobate estate.

That being said, an estate may stay open longer with good reason. For example, may a real property might sell for significantly more money if it is listed in the spring rather than mid-winter. There would be a good argument for doing so, in that case.

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Q. Hi my father died and my brother is the admin. He gave me some money but won't show me any of the bank stuff or insurane
A: You can file a 'request for special notice' with him and the court where probate is opened. Request an estate inventory, at the same time. He is required to provide this to you within 10 days of request (if the probate has been opened 90 days). This will at least provide you a list of all assets he has identified.

Consult an attorney if you 'do not trust' the appointed personal representative. A PR can be removed with cause.

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Q. My grandmother passed & willed everything to my aunt is it OK for her to go down & get the money out of My grandma bank
A: Washington law allows people to sign a "small estate affidavit" to settle estates that the value of the assets are below $100,000.00 AND there are no creditors (this is important), and, as you indicated, there are no additional heirs to be consulted. However, since there was a will, in this case, state probate law requires the will to be filed within 30 days and she can open probate, at the same time.
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The Whipple Law Group, PLLC
309 E. Pacific Ave
Spokane, WA 99202
Telephone: (509) 869-3223
Fax: (509) 847-0165