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If Decedent's Will Has Already Been Filed



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:

The Clerk's Office will reassign the file from a Will Only file to a Decedent's Estate file without any further action necessary.



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