RCW 11.12.265 Filing original will with the court before death of testator.
Any person who has custody or control of any original will and who has not received knowledge of the death of the testator, may deliver the will for filing under seal to any court having jurisdiction. The testator may withdraw the original will so filed upon proper identification. Any other person, including an attorney-in-fact or guardian of the testator, may withdraw the original will so filed only upon court order after showing of good cause. Upon request and presentation of a certified copy of the testator's death certificate, the clerk shall unseal the file. This section does not preclude filing a will not under seal and does not alter any duty of a person having knowledge of the testator's death to file the will.
The purpose of depositing a will with the Clerk is to provide a safe place for the will. It is not required by law that a will be deposited with the Clerk. The acceptance of a will for safekeeping by the Clerk in no way ensures the validity of any provision contained in the will, nor does acceptance in any way enhance the force or effect of the will. The will is a sealed document before the testator dies and cannot be released except to the testator upon proper identification. Any person, including an attorney in fact or guardian of the testator, may withdraw the original will so filed only upon court order. Upon request and presentation of a certified copy of the testator's death certificate, the will may become a matter of public record.
Filing Fee: $20 per filing of each will or codicil under seal