SMALL ESTATE PROCEDURE
Assets from an estate with a total value less than $60,000 may be transferred by affidavit without any probate.
Washington's "small estate" procedure, applies to estates valued at $60,000 or less, and allows the bank or a holder of other assets to release those assets to the person presenting the proper affidavit to them. The affidavit procedure is useful if there is a relatively simple estate and little or no debt, but it cannot be used to transfer real estate and it does not resolve numerous issues which are properly addressed in a probate proceeding.
In order to obtain transfer of assets such as a bank account or a stock certificate, etc. the will should be filed in the nearest Superior Court as stated above, and 40 days after the date of death the person who is entitled to such an asset can send notices to all prospective heirs that they are claiming a right to the asset and then deliver to the bank, stock issuer, etc. an affidavit stating that they have done this and they have a right to that particular asset (a copy of that affidavit must be sent to the Department of Social and Health Services). See RCW 11.62.010 for the details.