Dying Without A Will -Two Bad Ideas
This guide addresses what happens when you die without a will in the State of Washington
What happens if I die without a will?If you die in Washington without a will or you draft a will that is not valid according to Washington law, you will legally be considered to have died intestate and any property you have to pass on will be done according to the laws of intestate succession found in the Revised Codes of Washington RCW 11.04.015. Your heirs will have to go to court to have themselves or another person appointed as Administrator to ensure that all property passes according to current intestate law.
What are some of the rules of intestate succession in Washington state?In Washington State if you die without a will while you are married or separated with children your spouse gets your half of community property and one half of separate property while children the take other half of your separate property in equal shares. If you die unmarried or divorced and have children, your children will take in equal shares. If you die with no living children, your living parents will inherit your estate and if no living parents your estate will go your siblings. There are different permutations with other rules and they are found in the applicable above referenced legislation under RCW 11.04.015. The bottom line is that these rules may not be what you personally want for the distribution of your property upon your death.