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II.  Procedure for Filing Decedent's Will by Itself (a "Will Only")



At the Superior Court Clerk's Office:

The clerk will:

In King County, both documents will be scanned within the week to make their respective electronic document entry, and the Designation & Cover Sheet will be discarded after a month.  The Will will be entered in the Will Registry and permanently saved.


The King County Clerk's Office will accept filings by mail.  If you are filing in another county, you will need to telephone its Clerk's Office (Telephone Numbers) to verify its policy regarding filings by mail.


As shown on the King County Case Assignment Designation & Case Information Cover Sheet, there are two locations in King County for probate filings and hearings:

Downtown ---


Superior Court Clerk's Office

King County Courthouse - Room E-609

516 Third Ave

Seattle, WA 98104



Kent ---


Superior Court Clerk's Office

Regional Justice Center - Room 2C

401 Fourth Ave N

Kent, WA 98032




Any Will to be filed in King County may be filed, either in person or by mail, at either location.


Caution: If you plan on filing a Petition for Probate, you should likely wait and file the Will together with your Petition for two reasons:

Regarding the last issue, if you are filing the Will alone, you will need to file it in the county of Decedent's residence at death.  But a Petition for Probate may be filed in any county in WA regardless of Decedent's residence.



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