KCLL PROBATE Form Packets for SALE

The following probate packets are available for purchase in-person in either of our two library branches or can be mailed to you for the cost of the packet plus the cost of shipping and handling. Payment for mailed packets must be made in advance via PayPal.

To order a packet to be mailed to you, use the Order This Packet link for the appropriate packet.

If you have any questions about purchasing packets, please contact our Seattle branch staff at (206) 477-1305.

*All form packet purchases are final and non-refundable.*

✚ $30 Opening & Closing Probate Without a Will

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The probate process is a court case used to gather the assets of a person who has died, settle their debts, and distribute the assets to their heirs. There are two types of probate. If the person died with a Will, the probate is called “testate probate.” If the person died without a Will, the probate is called “intestate probate.”  The instructions and forms in this packet are for a basic intestate probate.

To help decide if using the intestate probate process is right for your situation, review Title 11 of the Revised Code of Washington for information regarding probate, or contact an attorney.  If, after reviewing the Revised Code of Washington and/or consulting an attorney, you believe the intestate probate process is right for you, this packet can assist with starting and ending the process.

✚ $1 Filing a Will Without Opening Probate

King County Forms and Instructions

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Washington law requires any person who has a Will of someone who has died to either:

• deliver the Will to the person named as the Personal Representative (sometimes called the “executor”); or
• file the Will with the Superior Court Clerk in the county the Decedent was a resident of when the Decedent died.

If you have someone’s Will and are not the Personal Representative, then you must file it with the Superior Court Clerk or give it to the Personal Representative within 30 days of learning of the Decedent’s death.

If you have someone’s Will and are the Personal Representative, then you must file it with the Superior Court Clerk within 40 days of learning of the Decedent’s death.

The instructions and forms in this packet are for filing a Will only. They may help with the following:

• File a Will with the King County Superior Court Clerk with no further action.

✚ $30 Transfer on Death Deed (TODD)

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A TODD is a legal document that allows a property owner to transfer property located in Washington State to another person as an inheritance when the property owner dies.  This transfer avoids the probate process, which is a court case used to gather the assets of a person who has died, settle their debts, and distribute the assets to their heirs.

To decide if using the TODD process is right for your situation, review Chapter 64.80 of the Revised Code of Washington for information on the TODD Process and Title 11 of the Revised Code of Washington for information regarding probate, or contact an attorney.

This packet was written specifically for Washington State. 

additional PROBATE Resources

If the estate is under $100,000 and there is no real property, you may want to consider the small estate affidavit. See:

Small Estate Affidavit information from WashingtonLawHelp.org

Probate information can also be found at:

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