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Washington Small Estate Affidavit Form

A Washington small estate affidavit expedites the probate process for an estate worth less than $100,000. To use this form, the decedent must have resided in the State of Washington, 40 days must have passed since the date of death, and all of the estate's debts must have been paid. 
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How to File (7 steps)

1. Pay Debts

Per RCWA 11.62.010(2)(f), the estate’s debts must be paid before you file an affidavit to collect its assets. If you cannot get the decedent’s assets to pay said decedent’s debts, you or another successor could pay the debts yourselves. Keep records and receipts.

2. Wait 40 Days

As you wait for the required amount of time to pass before you can file an affidavit, you can use the time to determine the value of the property subject to probate. This will not include community property. Gather other relevant information, including names and addresses of successors and the value of the assets (which must be at most $100,000), and check to make sure no petition for the appointment of a personal representative is pending. You can also use this time to get a death certificate, which you must present with your affidavit. You can obtain this by contacting the Center for Health Statistics of the Washington State Department of Health at (360) 753-5936 or P.O. Box 7814, Olympia, WA 98504-7814.

3. Prepare Affidavit

4. Notify Other Successors

According to RCWA 11.62.010(h), other successors must be notified, in writing, either by personal service or mail, of your intent to file an affidavit. The written notice must describe the property you are claiming. If you are mailing the notice, request a return receipt. Keep a copy of the letter. Wait 10 days before delivering the last letter.

5. Get It Notarized

Once other successors have been notified, you can sign your affidavit in the presence of a notary public.

6. Mail Notarized Copy

Mail a notarized copy to the Department of Social and Health Services Office of Financial Recovery Box 9501 Olympia, WA 98507-9501.

7. Collect the Assets

Deliver the affidavit and a copy of the decedent’s death certificate to the person, corporation, or financial institution holding the property or owe the debt you claim.