Probate Form “Overwhelm” & Some Reassurance & Encouragement

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):

  1. Petition for Probate of Will, Letters Testamentary, & Independent Powers.
  2. Order Admitting Will to Probate & Granting Letters Testamentary & Intervention Powers.
  3. Oath of Named Personal Representative.
  4. Letters Testamentary (With Will).
  5. Notice of Appointment of Personal Representative & Pendency of Probate (With Will) & Declaration of Mailing.

Or, if Decedent died without a Will (ie, intestate):

  1. Petition for Letters of Administration & Independent Powers.
  2. Order Granting Letters of Administration & Nonintervention Powers.
  3. Oath of Proposed Personal Representative (Without Will).
  4. Letters of Administration.
  5. Notice of Appointment of Personal Representative & Pendency of Probate (Without Will) & Declaration of Mailing.

That’s 5 of the probate forms for Opening the Probate Estate.

To Administer the Probate Estate:

  1. Inventory & Appraisement (most likely, only for your own use).
  2. Probate Notice to Creditors.
  3. Creditor’s Claim.
  4. Probate Creditors Notice to Washington Department of Social & Health Services & Declaration of Mailing.

That’s 4 of the probate forms for Administering the Probate Estate.

And to Close the Probate estate:

  1. Declaration of Completion of Probate (1 of the 4 possible forms, whichever is appropriate for your situation).
  2. Receipt & Waiver by Heir or Beneficiary.

That’s 2 of probate forms for Closing the Probate Estate.