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WA-Probate > Probate Court Practice > The Initial Filing in a New Case > 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:
File the Petition under the
same case number as was issued for Decedent's Will.
Pay the $200 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.