Thanks for your question and good evening.Yes you will have to make application for probate here either with a will or for court supervised probate if no will.You would be asking to be appointed personal representative.You can either file yourself or consider a local probate lawyer to help you with application.Once you are appointed you would be able to get an EIN number this is used for taxes and the estate bank account and takes the place of the social security number since your mother is deceased.You are expected here to gather assets,file an inventory with the court, pay claims, liquidate assets , pay taxes , and then make final distribution with the approval of the court.This process can take a year to two years here from start to finish.There would be no way around probate with an estate of this value.Here is reference to the probate process and forms for you to look over..http://www.wa-probate.com/Applying for an EIN number after you are appointed personal representative.http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Apply-for-an-Employer-Identification-Number-%28EIN%29-OnlineYou can locate a probate lawyer here through ABA approved lawyer referral.http://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/lris/directory/main.cfm?id=WAIt has been my pleasure to assist you this evening.Please let me know if you have follow up.I know that this can be kind of overwhelming.Thanks again.Also if you haven't done so you are due a small death benefit from social security for your mother.http://www.socialsecurity.gov/survivorplan/ifyou7.htm
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