Ok, if you are executor, you don't have to legally post a notice under Washington law if you choose not to, but it is a good idea. Publishing a Probate Notice to Creditors allows you to reduce the Statute of Limitations from 24 months after date of death to 4 months after the date of first publication for any claim that would not have been expected to have been found in a diligent review of Decedent's correspondence and financial records.
So by doing the notice, you can cut the creditor claims period from 24 months down to 4 months..
This is covered under RCW 11.40.030 (click link) as to what has to be included and the language, but if you just contact the local newspaper and ask for the classified department, they should have the standard language for the notice because they do these all the time...
But this is the standard format:
Notice under RCW 11.40.020 must contain the following elements in substantially the following form:
OF CASE ) PROBATE NOTICE TO
. . . .
The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative's attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent's probate and nonprobate assets.
Date of First
Attorney for the Personal Representative:
Address for Mailing or Service:
Court of probate proceedings and cause number: