What Should I Do With a Decedent’s Will?

After a person dies, the decedent’s Will must be delivered to the person named in the decedent’s Will as the personal representative of the decedent, who must file the Will with an appropriate court within forty days.  In the alternative, a person in possession of the Will of a decedent shall file that Will with a superior court within thirty days of decedent’s death.  RCW 11.20.010.

Practically, the personal representative should file the Will through his attorney’s office, so that she and the attorney can determine whether a probate is necessary, and in what county the probate may be most efficiently adminstered.

Brad Lancaster works as a Seattle divorce attorney, and Seattle probate attorney, and Seattle elder law attorney, serving King County and Snohomish County, including Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Woodway, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Alderwood, Brier, Kenmore, Woodinville, Mukilteo, Mill Creek, and Everett.  Brad provides collaborative solutions to human conflict.

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