What is the name of the form to file as a creditor with a claim against an estate--state of Washington--and does it need to be done by a lawyer?
I am not admitted in the State of Washington.
RCW 11.42.070 provides the requirements for the lawful presentation of a Creditor's Claim:
The Claim must be signed by the creditor or the creditor's attorney or agent, and
The Claim must contain the following information:
The creditor's name and address.
If made by the creditor's agent, the agent's name and address and the nature of the agent's authority as regards the creditor.
A statement of facts or circumstances surrounding the Claim.
The amount of the Claim.
If the Claim is secured, the nature of the security; if not yet due, the date when it will become due; and if contingent, the nature of the uncertainty.
The claim must be presented within the Statute of Limitations.
The original of the claimant's Creditor's Claim form must be filed with the Court.
A copy of the claimant's Creditor's Claim form must be served or mailed (by first-class mail) to you.
Not all debts are subject to a Creditor's Claim. Here is the link to forms and info in the State of Washington. http://www.wa-probate.com/
A lawyer's advice is always a good idea but not always necessary. Good luck.