Written by attorney Adam Nathaniel Williams

Considerations for your Last Will and Testament in Washington

Your last Will and Testament offers a road map to your last wishes. It allows you to designate who receives what from your Estate and ensures you know who will benefit from your Estate. It also minimizes probate costs if properly drafted.

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RCW 11.12.020 governs Last Wills and Testaments and states, "Every will shall be in writing signed by the testator or by some other person under the testator's direction in the testator's presence, and shall be attested by two or more competent witnesses, by subscribing their names to the will, or by signing an affidavit that complies with RCW 11.20.020(2), while in the presence of the testator and at the testator's direction or request: PROVIDED, That a last will and testament, executed in the mode prescribed by the law of the place where executed or of the testator's domicile, either at the time of the will's execution or at the time of the testator's death, shall be deemed to be legally executed, and shall be of the same force and effect as if executed in the mode prescribed by the laws of this state." This means that two people not named in the will must watch you sign your Last Will and Testament. You should also consider having it notarized by a third individual.

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