Washington – Parker & Cole

FAQs for Washington Probate

Probate laws vary state to state so it is important that you understand the laws in your state.  There are key differences that make dealing with probate in Washington unique.

1. Can Probate be avoided in Washington?

In Washington, you can avoid Probate if you set up a trust for all of your assets. If there is no trust or other plans, the estate will enter the probate process in Washington which can be a long process.


2. How long does Probate Take in Washington?

The probate process in Washington can be frustratingly long. It can take anywhere from 9 months to over 2 years, depending upon the complexity of the estate, the number of heirs, and the speed of the local court administering the case. If the Will is being contested, probate can drag on for even longer – sometimes taking several years. And that was pre-pandemic so now we are seeing more delays. Parker & Cole can get you funded long before the probate process is completed.

3. How can I speed up the probate process in Washington?

Unfortunately, there is no real way to speed up the probate process, as it is required to go through the Courts which are currently backlogged. However, Parker & Cole can be the ideal solution to access a portion of your inheritance while you wait for the estate to close and disburse. The experienced professionals at Parker & Cole can guide you through the process making it easy to get the money you need as quickly as the same day.

4. Can I get a Probate Advance in Washington?

Yes. Parker & Cole works in all fifty states and in all of Washington’s counties, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Adams County, WA
  • Asotin County, WA
  • Benton County, WA
  • Chelan County, WA
  • Clallam County, WA
  • Clark County, WA
  • Columbia County, WA
  • Cowlitz County, WA
  • Douglas County, WA
  • Ferry County, WA
  • Franklin County, WA
  • Garfield County, WA
  • Grant County, WA
  • Grays Harbor County, WA
  • Island County, WA
  • Jefferson County, WA
  • King County, WA
  • Kitsap County, WA
  • Kittitas County, WA
  • Klickitat County, WA
  • Lewis County, WA
  • Lincoln County, WA
  • Mason County, WA
  • Okanogan County, WA
  • Pacific County, WA
  • Pend Orielle County, WA
  • Pierce County, WA
  • San Juan County, WA
  • Skagit County, WA
  • Skamania County, WA
  • Snohomish County, WA
  • Spokane County, WA
  • Stevens County, WA
  • Thurston County, WA
  • Wahkiakum County, WA
  • Walla Walla County, WA
  • Whatcom County, WA
  • Whitman County, WA
  • Yakima County, WA

5. Does Washington have an estate tax?

Yes, Washington does have an estate tax. The following states do have an estate tax:

    • Connecticut
    • Illinois
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Minnesota
    • New York
    • Oregon
    • Rhode Island
    • Vermont
    • Washington (state)

6. Does Washington have an inheritance tax?

No, Washington does not have an inheritance tax. The following states do have an inheritance tax.

    • Iowa
    • Kentucky
    • Maryland
    • Nebraska
    • New Jersey
    • Pennsylvania