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Tools and Resources for Pierce County, WA Consumers

Washington Inheritance Law & Probate Procedure

  • How Probate Works in Washington: How to handle the probate of an inheritance at Pierce County's probate court.
  • Small Estates Procedures in Washington: Learn how to use Washington's Small Estate procedures that can save you time and money.
    • In Washington, you can use an Affidavit if the value of assets subject to probate, less liens and encumbrances, is $100,000 or less. This figure doesn't count surviving spouse's property or partner's community property interest.  40-day waiting period.

      Wash. Rev. Code 11.62.010 and following.

      The court may grant a request for settlement without court intervention if the estate is solvent and:

      • if there's a Will, the personal representative makes a request
      • if there's no Will, the surviving spouse or domestic partner makes the request, and the estate consists entirely of community property, and the decedent let no children or grandchildren from another relationship, or
      • the personal representative is not a creditor of the decedent and the court determines it would be in the best interest of the beneficiaries and creditors.

      Wash. Rev. Code 11.68.011 and following.

  • Washington Estate Taxes:
    • The state of Washington imposes an estate tax on property owned in Washington. If you are inheriting property from the state of Washington, it may be subject to estate tax if the overall value of the estate is more than $2,193,000.

  • Avoiding Probate in Washington. Find out what property bypasses probate death and goes directly to beneficiaries. such as:

Washington Wage & Hour Law

  • Washington Minimum Wage:  
    • The minimum wage in Washington is $16.28 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in The Evergreen State must be paid at least $16.28 an hour. A couple of local governments in Washington have passed ordinances establishing a higher minimum wage.

      Pierce County Minimum Wage

      The minimum wage in Pierce County is $16.28 an hour, the state minimum wage. To find out if Pierce County has passed its own minimum wage law, visit https://www.piercecountywa.gov/.

  • Overtime Pay: Every state has rules about weekly maximum hours and overtime. Learn about the overtime laws in Washington and whether they apply to you.
  • Wage Claims: If you're being unlawfully underpaid, you need to learn how to file a "Wage Claim" in Washington. 
  • Tips : Every state has special pay rates for tipped workers. Find out the rules for tipped workers in Washington.
    • The tipped minimum wage in Washington is the same as the regular minimum wage: $16.28 an hour. Tips don't count against an employer's obligation to pay the minimum wage. 

  • State Labor Board:

Washington Unemployment Benefits

Bankruptcy & Debt

Child Custody & Family Courts in Washington 

Washington Obamacare

Democracy In Washington, Pierce County, Sumner 

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