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Washington Probate Forms > Probate Form "Overwhelm"
Overwhelm: There are over 200 forms published on this website.
Reassurance: To probate a Decedent's estate, chances are that you will need to use only a dozen or so of them, typically:
To Open the Probate Estate ---
If Decedent died with a Will (ie, testate):
Or, if Decedent died without a Will (ie, intestate):
That's 5 of the probate forms for Opening the Probate Estate.
To Administer the Probate Estate:
That's 4 of the probate forms for Administering the Probate Estate.
And to Close the Probate estate:
That's 2 of probate forms for Closing the Probate Estate.
For a total of 11 out of the list of
probate forms for a traditional probate;
The remaining probate forms are there if you need them, for example:
of them are variations of a basic probate form; for example, there are 4 slightly
different versions of a Declaration of Completion of Probate.
Many of them consist of the three basic probate forms needed for most noticed hearings:
Petition (for whatever you are asking of the Court);
Notice of Hearing & Declaration of Mailing (for you to send a copy of it to all persons entitled to notice and to file its original with the Court, requesting the Clerk to set the hearing at your chosen date and time and verifying to the Court that you have timely sent the Notice of Hearing to all those entitled to it); and
Order (memorialized the Court's granting of your Petition).
A number of them involve special circumstances, absent in most Decedent's estates; for example:
Problems with finding someone able and willing to serve as Personal Representative;
Problems with obtaining Nonintervention Powers if your situation doesn't meet the "automatic grant" requirements;
Problems with Creditor's Claims; for example:
Rejecting a Creditor's Claim;
Filing and paying a Creditor's Claim yourself while serving as Personal Representative;
Problems upon estate insolvency: If the estate has insufficient cash and other assets to pay all its lawful claims; and
Problems making Final Distribution if you are unable to obtain a Receipt & Waiver from all the heirs and beneficiaries before filing your Declaration of Completion.
Encouragement: In the great majority of cases, probating a typical Washington Decedent's estate is routine.
You should be able to probate a typical Washington Decedent's estate with relative ease, particularly in light of the instructions and forms provided by this website. Furthermore, if problems do arise, you will be more able to identify them and make a reasoned decision on whether or not to obtain professional assistance for their solution. And if you do obtain such assistance, you will be more able to efficiently provide the necessary information to, and to effectively participate in discussion and problem solving with, whomever you decide to engage.