Deceased Persons

Small Estates
Definitions from the Law Dictionary
"Personal Property" is defined as:
  • The belongings of an individual, excluding any real estate property or other buildings. Generally is includes tangible and intangible assets of an individual.
"Tangible Personal Property" is defined as:
  • The touchable and movable assets of a person. Includes jewelry, vehicles, furniture and art.
Consult an attorney if real estate or real property is involved, or if the deceased person was not a resident of Washington State.

The Clerk's staff cannot assist you or give legal advice. It is advisable you contact an attorney to assist you. It is your responsibility to check the RCWs and General Rules (GRs) to ensure proper legal procedures.

Probate Litigation
Probate is used when a deceased person has real estate, real property or holdings that need to be disbursed or sold (with our without a will). A personal representative will be appointed by the Court and Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration are entered.

If the Court awards a vehicle or vessel, the finalization of a completed "Form K" (also called an Affidavit of Inheritance-Litigation) may be obtained at the Clerk's Office. Please visit and complete the Washington State Department of Licensing form titled "Affidavit of Inheritance/Litigation (PDF)" prior to presenting it for the Clerk's signature and verification.

The Clerk's staff cannot assist you or give legal advice. It is advisable you contact an attorney to assist you. The Washington State Courts do not have forms to assist you with this.