My question involves court procedures for the state of: Washington. About 6 years ago, I made a personal loan to a friend for $10,000, in two increments. Long story short, it was not repaid, and when he finally said he would make good on it earlier this year, 2008, a month later he fell into a coma from which he has not recovered, and may die. I feel very badly, but need the money deperately. I hate to put it this way, but would it be better to wait until he dies and then make a claim on the estate? I don't know who is handling his financial affairs. It's been really difficult. Thank you for any help you can give.