Select, complete, and sign the appropriate form from among the following three alternatives:
If Decedent died TESTATE, file Decedent’s Will when you file for probate.
Complete and sign a:
|Petition for Probate of Will, Letters Testamentary, & Nonintervention Powers form.|
|Petition for Letters of Administration & Nonintervention Powers form.|
|Order Admitting Will to Probate & Granting Letters Testamentary & Nonintervention Powers form.|
|Order Granting Letters of Administration & Nonintervention Powers form.|
Add the Header (ie, complete the top half of the first page: county and Decedent’s name) and your contact information on the footer to the Order and sign it.
Complete the Header for an:
|Oath of Personal Representative (With Will) form.|
|Oath of Personal Representative (Without Will) form.|
Take it to a Notary, sign it in front of the notary, and have the notary “notarize” your signature.
Side-bar: Notary at King County Courthouse and Kent Regional Justice Center.
Complete and sign a
|Probate Notice to Creditors form.|
Choose a legal newspaper in the county of Decedent’s residence at death to publish your Probate Notice to Creditors and coordinate with them the date that it will be first published. See: Legal Newspapers & Costs of Publication. Add that date to the line stating “Date of First Publication of this Notice.” Ignore for the moment the line stating “Decedent’s Social Security Number.”
Telephone the County Clerk in the county where your probate will be filed (Telephone Numbers) and ask to speak to the probate clerk:
Complete any of the foregoing requirements that may be applicable to you.
You have now completed the steps required to prepare to go to Court to open a typical simple probate estate.
See in general: Washington Probate Court Practice
And in particular:
By completing the instructions shown above, you will have completed the steps required to obtain your Letters for a typical simple probate estate.
After your Probate Notice to Creditors is first published (See: Publishing a Probate Notice to Creditors):
Timing: Within 30 days of your appointment.
Download and print for your files the following IRS Publications and Forms:
You may obtain an Employer Identification Number — EIN — immediately by submiting a Form SS-4 by either:
Now that you have your EIN:
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888-0002
You have now completed the steps required to open a typical simple probate estate.