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II. Washington Law Help Forms: Wills, Estate Planning, and Death
Wills, Estate Planning, and Death: In this section of WashingtonLawHelp.org you will find general legal information and resources about wills, probate, advanced directives and dealing with death in Washington state. Popular forms and packets include the following:
Washington Wills: Create your own simple will and other basic estate planning documents with free forms and instructions.
Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, and Probate: Information on how to create a simple will and other information you should know about the process.
Washington First Responder Will Clinic: The Washington Will Clinic aims to provide basic estate planning documents – wills, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives – for Washington first responders and their spouses/state registered domestic partners at no cost.
Disposition Authorization: A simple one-page document called a Disposition Authorization allows you to authorize your choice of cremation or burial as well as where you choose as your final resting place. Complete the form online, print, sign and keep with your important papers. Be sure to discuss your wishes with your survivors and let them know where your original documents are filed so they can present them to the funeral home at time of death.
How to Claim the Personal Property of Someone Who Has Died: Affidavit Procedure for Small Estates: The affidavit procedure allows people who are entitled to a dead person’s (also called a decedent) personal property, to get that property without going through probate.
III. Other Helpful Resources
Affidavit of Successor Form: from the Department of Revenue. The “Affidavit of Successor” may be used if the decedent’s estate was not probated and no personal representative has been appointed by the courts. Living heirs have certain rights according to Washington State laws of Descent and Distribution. One heir may claim and distribute to other heirs with their written approval. Please note this affidavit is only to be used for personal property. The transfer of real estate or real property is not allowed.
Estate Planning Guide: This guide briefly discusses the issues people need to consider when planning for how their property and assets will be distributed to others after their death.
Probate Law Guide: This guide briefly discusses issues related to probating an estate and most references are to materials for Washington State.
Small Estate Affidavit Procedure: The affidavit procedure allows people who are entitled to a dead person’s (also called a decedent) personal property, to get that property without going through probate.
Washington Probate.com: The free online library to help probate estates of Washington State residents.