If Decedent’s Will Has Already Been Filed as a “Will Only”
If Decedent’s Will has already been filed, then the Clerk’s Office will have already opened a file for Decedent and issued a case number for the file. As it happens, however, the file will be classified internally within the Clerk’s Office as a Will Only file and not as a Decedent’s Estate file, although, at least for King County, this is a difference without a distinction.
To file a later Petition for Probate:
- File the Petition under the same case number as was issued for Decedent’s Will.
- Pay the $110 filing fee (sacrificing the $20 filing fee that was paid for the prior filing of the Will).
- In King County, file a new King County Case Assignment Designation & Case Information Cover Sheet.
The Clerk’s Office will reassign the file from a Will Only file to a Decedent’s Estate file without any further action necessary.
Caution: In King County, if the Will has already been filed, then any Petition for Probate may be heard only in the proper venue of the Will, ie:
- If the Will when filed was designated as a Seattle case, then the Petition for Probate may be heard only at the Courthouse, downtown.
- If the Will when filed was designated as a Kent case, then the Petition for Probate may be heard only at the Regional Justice Center, in Kent.