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Procedure for Filing Decedent's Will    



If Decedent died testate (ie, with a Will), RCW 11.20.010 requires anyone having custody or control of a Will to either:

RCW 11.20.010 requires the Will to be filed whether or not it will be offered for probate and provides for damages upon the failure to do so.    Washington law does not require a Will to be probated --- only to be filed promptly after a Decedent's death.


Bottom-line: If you are in possession of a Will of a Decedent, Washington law requires you to either promptly:


Side-bar: The original of a Decedent's Will is one of the very few types of documents that are saved and not discarded by the Clerk's Office after scanning and "electronic filing."


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