A: The answer to your first question is yes, but ONLY IF the proper deed is executed and recorded. There are several types of deeds in Washington, so please consult an attorney who can explain the differences, so you can decide what is best for you and your partner.
The answer to the second question is that inheritance receives a stepped up basis at the time of death so there would be no capital gains. Again, you will want to discuss this with an attorney, with your particular situation in mind.
A: Obtaining these funds may require the services of an attorney, one who is familiar with the surplus funds procedure, who can assess your situation. This process usually involves notice to lien holders and a hearing, so you may want to start that process as soon as possible. Although I am not aware of free resource, some attorneys may offer a free consultation and may take your case with payment when the funds are collected.
A: If each property has its own parcel number, yes, you can sell them together to one buyer, but they will retain their original parcel numbers. You will need to pay closing costs on both properties. To find out about possible capital gains, you should consult a CPA and they can advise you according to the facts of your particular situation.