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Evidencing Your Reasonable Review

 

 

1.  By Declaration

 

RCW 11.40.040(3) provides an optional way by which you may evidence your "reasonable review" for Decedent's creditors.  To evidence your "reasonable review," complete, sign, and file with the Court a:

 

Declaration re Reasonable Review to Ascertain Decedent's Creditors form.

 

Timing: Soon after 4 months after first publication of your Probate Notice to Creditors (ie, promptly after the expiration of the four month statutory period).

 

 

2.  By Court Order

 

RCW 11.40.040(3) also provides a formal, involved, and expensive process by which you may not only evidence your "reasonable review" for Decedent's creditors but also obtain a Court Order declaring that:

By obtaining the Order, you effectively bar any further creditor (ie, one that has not already lawfully presented a Creditor's Claim) from entitlement to estate assets.  Practically speaking, this procedure is seldom used, although it might be advantageous in circumstances of heightened risk due to unknown creditors (eg, Decedent had a history of gambling or business debts, was a likely "deep pocket" Defendant in a negligence action, etc.; Decedent's records somehow contain evidence of the obligations, and you missed it in your review).

 

To obtain the Order:

Petition for Order re Reasonable Review to Ascertain Decedent's Creditors form.

Timing: Soon after 4 months after first publication of your Probate Notice to Creditors (ie, promptly after the expiration of the four month statutory period).

Notice of Hearing on Petition for Order re Reasonable Review
to Ascertain Decedent's Creditors --- For Publication
form.

Notice of Hearing on Petition for Order re Reasonable Review
to Ascertain Decedent's Creditors & Declaration of Mailing
form.

Timing: At least 20 days before the hearing.

 

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