Washington Last Will & Testament Information
A Washington Last Will & Testament includes the following requirements:
The testator must be eighteen years old or older.
They must also be of ‘sound mind’.
The Will must be signed by the testator or by someone else in their name (provided it is done under the testator’s direction and in their presence).
The signing of the Will requires at least two witnesses in order to make it valid.
Another requirement to make the Will valid is that it must be in written format.
A Washington resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries.
Washington requirements allow the testator to go through a simplified probate for small estates. In cases like these, those with assets bequeathed to them can apply for an affidavit to request transfer of a property up to $100,000 without any involvement from the court.
If someone dies without a will, a surviving spouse or state registered domestic partner is entitled to the entire estate unless the two share children, in which case they inherit half of the deceased community property and half of their separate property.
In some circumstances, the state of Washington permits nuncupative (spoken) wills.
Click here if you have any questions about creating a last will in Washington.