Washington Transfer-on-Death (Beneficiary) Deed

Washington Transfer-on-Death (Beneficiary) Deed

Use this form to leave your Washington real estate without probate. You retain ownership, responsibility, and control over the property during your life.  After your death, ownership transfers to the beneficiary you name. We take you through all the steps, including:

  • writing a description of the property
  • naming your beneficiaries
  • checking over the completed deed, and
  • signing the deed and having it notarized.

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Transfer-on-Death Deed

(RCW 64.80.010 to 64.80.904)

 

NOTICE TO OWNER

You should carefully read all information on this form. You may want to consult a lawyer before using this form.

This form must be recorded before your death or it will not be effective.

IDENTIFYING INFORMATION

Alternate Selection: [number of owners]
Label Contract Text
One

Owner Making This Deed:

Printed name: 
Mailing address:  

Two

Owners Making This Deed:

Printed name: 
Mailing address:  

Printed name: 
Mailing address:  

Legal Description of the Property: 

Tax Parcel ID Number: 

PRIMARY BENEFICIARY

Unchangeable Alternate Selection: [owners unchangeable]
Label Contract Text
One

I designate the following beneficiary if the beneficiary survives me:

Repeatable section: [no of benes (r)]

Printed name: 
Mailing address, if available:  

Alternate Selection: [alternate beneficiary one owner alt select]
Label Contract Text
Yes

ALTERNATE BENEFICIARY

If my primary beneficiary does not survive me, I designate the following alternate beneficiary if that beneficiary survives me: 

Repeatable section: [number of alt benes (R)]

Printed name: 
Mailing address, if available:  

No  
Two

We designate the following beneficiary if the beneficiary survives us:

Repeatable section: [no of benes (r)]

Printed name: 
Mailing address, if available:  

Alternate Selection: [alternate beneficiary two owners alt select]
Label Contract Text
Yes

ALTERNATE BENEFICIARY

If our primary beneficiary does not survive us, we designate the following alternate beneficiary if that beneficiary survives us: 

Repeatable section: [number of alt benes (R)]

Printed name: 
Mailing address, if available:  

No  

TRANSFER ON DEATH

Unchangeable Alternate Selection: [transfer unchangeable]
Label Contract Text
One

At my death, I transfer my interest in the described property to the beneficiaries as designated above.

Before my death, I have the right to revoke this deed.

Two

At my death, I transfer my interest in the described property to the beneficiaries as designated above.

Before my death, I have the right to revoke this deed. I understand that:

  • revocation by one owner does not affect the transfer of the other owner's interest in the described property by this transfer on death deed
  • a deed of joint owners is revoked only if it is revoked by all of the joint owners living at the time that the revocation is recorded, and
  • a deed of community property by both spouses or by both domestic partners is revoked only if it is revoked by both of the spouses or domestic partners, provided that if there is only one surviving spouse or domestic partner, the survivor may revoke the deed. 
Keep Together
Unchangeable Alternate Selection: [signature unchangeable]
Label Contract Text
One

SIGNATURE OF OWNER MAKING THIS DEED

Signature: ______________________________
Date: __________________________________

Two

SIGNATURE OF OWNERS MAKING THIS DEED

Signature: ______________________________
Date: __________________________________

Signature: ______________________________
Date: __________________________________

 

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Certificate of Acknowledgment of Notary Public

State of Washington

County of ____________________

I certify that I know or have satisfactory evidence that _______________________________________________ is/are the person(s) who appeared before me, and said person(s) acknowledged that (he/she/they) signed this instrument and acknowledged it to be (his/her/their) free and voluntary act for the uses and purposes mentioned in the instrument.

Dated: ____________________

 ________________________________________
(Signature of officer and seal or stamp)

________________________________________
(Title)

My appointment expires: _____________________

 

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Avoid probate and pass on your Washington real estate with a simple transfer-on-death deed

If you own real estate in Washington and want to make sure that it passes to your heirs without the hassle of probate court, you can use Nolo's transfer-on-death (TOD) deed. This deed transfers ownership of your property just like a regular deed you might use to transfer real estate, but with a crucial difference: It doesn't take effect until after your death.

It's easy to make a TOD deed.  You'll simply complete the following steps:

  • fill in information about you and the property
  • name your beneficiaries
  • review the completed deed
  • sign the deed and have it notarized, and
  • record the deed at the recorder's office in the county where the property is located.

Take care of your beneficiaries and help them to avoid probate with this plain-English eForm from Nolo.

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