Washington

Wills, probate & other advanced directives

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In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general legal information and resources about wills, probate and other advanced directives in Washington state.

  • After Death Occurs: A Checklist

    General information and a checklist of important things to do when someone close to you dies. Read More

    By:
    Legal Voice
  • Basic Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples

    This memo provides you with some basic background information to get you started on preparing your "estate plan." Read More

    By:
    Legal Voice
  • Dealing with Death

    General information on things to consider when dealing with a death. Read More

    By:
    Washington State Attorney General
  • Questions and Answers on Living Wills

    9501EN - A living will is a paper that tells your doctors or others providing your health care when you want them to stop life-sustaining medical treatment and let you die. A health care power of attorney allows someone you appoint to make medical-treatment decisions for you if you are no longer able to make them yourself. This publication contains general information and a Living Will form you may download. Read More

    By:
    Columbia Legal Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • How to Claim the Personal Property of Someone Who Has Died: Affidavit Procedure for Small Estates

    9502EN - The affidavit procedure allows people who are entitled to a dead person's (also called a decedent) personal property, to get that property without going through probate. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Mental Health Advance Directives

    A mental health advance directive (MHAD) is a written document that describes your directions and preferences for treatment and care during times when you are having difficulty communicating and making decisions. It can inform others about what treatment you want or don't want, and it can identify a person called an "agent" who you trust to make decisions and act on your behalf. Read More

    By:
    DSHS - Mental Health Division
  • How do I Sign Documents When I am Physically Unable?

    8401EN - As long as you are mentally competent to understand what you are signing, the fact that you cannot actually sign does not need to keep you from executing the document. Just follow the procedures we explain in this publication. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Revocable Living Trusts

    Information about what a revocable living trust is and why you might create one. Read More

    By:
    Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington First Responder Will Clinic

    The Washington Will Clinic aims to provide basic estate planning documents - wills, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives - for Washington first responders and their spouses/state registered domestic partners at no cost. Read More

    By:
    WSBA
  • Washington Probate Instructions and Forms

    How to Probate a Washington Decedent's Estate for those who have never set foot in a Courthouse. Read More

    By:
    Washington Probate