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):
- Petition for Probate of Will, Letters Testamentary, & Independent Powers.
- Order Admitting Will to Probate & Granting Letters Testamentary & Intervention Powers.
- Oath of Named Personal Representative.
- Letters Testamentary (With Will).
- Notice of Appointment of Personal Representative & Pendency of Probate (With Will) & Declaration of Mailing.
Or, if Decedent died without a Will (ie, intestate):
- Petition for Letters of Administration & Independent Powers.
- Order Granting Letters of Administration & Nonintervention Powers.
- Oath of Proposed Personal Representative (Without Will).
- Letters of Administration.
- 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:
- Inventory & Appraisement (most likely, only for your own use).
- Probate Notice to Creditors.
- Creditor’s Claim.
- 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:
- Declaration of Completion of Probate (1 of the 4 possible forms, whichever is appropriate for your situation).
- Receipt & Waiver by Heir or Beneficiary.
That’s 2 of probate forms for Closing the Probate Estate.