What Happens If I Die Without a Will in Washington?

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The flowchart below illustrates the consequences for dying without an enforceable Will in Washington state. In short, without a Will, Washington law will determine what happens to your assets, which may not align with your wishes. Wills that have appropriate guardianship and trust provisions for your minor children provide clear direction and peace of mind in determining who will raise your minor children and how their financial needs will be met. The infographic that we created below shows what happens when a Washington resident without a Will. Just answer each question in the tree until you arrive at a box explaining the result. If this helps you decide it’s time to do something to take control of your estate, or for further information on how you can benefit from estate planning, please contact us.

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WA Intestate Graphic