Washington inheritance tax only applies if the deceased person lived in Washington at the time of death, or owned substantial property in Washington at the time of death. It also only applies currently to the part of the estate that is over $2 million.
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I agree with Justin Elder. The only thing that I would add is that the decedent often owns IRAs or similar assets. The receipt of those assets by heirs often comes with an income tax obligation even when there is no inheritance tax owed. That would be a federal income tax.
The only asset that would be subject to Washington probate and potentially subject to Washington State inheritance tax (depends on value which you've not mentioned) would be Washington real estate
The answer depends on whether the father owned property in Washington or was a resident of Washington when he died. Washington does not have an inheritance tax (a tax on the person who receives an inheritance) or a gift tax. It does have an estate tax (a tax on the property of the person who died), but as my esteemed colleagues pointed out, that does not apply unless the person who died resided in Washington or owned property in Washington, and then only if the property was over $2 million.
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I'd be more worried about income tax surprises unless the father owned valuable Washington situs property.
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