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Washington - Pierce County Certificate of Trust Form

All Pierce County specific forms listed below are included in your immediate download:


Pierce County Certificate of Trust Form Page 1

Certificate of Trust Form - Pierce County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 11/1/2021


Pierce County Certifciate of Trust Guide Page 1

Certifciate of Trust Guide - Pierce County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 3/15/2021


Pierce County Completed Example of the Certificate of Trust Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Certificate of Trust Document - Pierce County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 11/11/2021


*The Following Washington and Pierce County supplemental forms are included as a courtesy with your order.


Excise Tax - Change in Controlling Interest Form (Pierce County Document)


Excise Tax Affidavit - Supplemental Statement (Pierce County Document)


Cover Sheet (Pierce County Document)


Certificate of Acknowledgment - Individual (Pierce County Document)


Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit - single form (Pierce County Document)


Certificate of Acknowledgment - Representative (Pierce County Document)


Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit - multiples & instructions (Pierce County Document)


Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit - mobile home (Pierce County Document)


Jurat (Pierce County Document)


Statutory List of Exemptions (Pierce County Document)


Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit - single location form (Washington Document)


Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit - multiple locations (Washington Document)


Excise Tax Affidavit - Supplemental Statement (Washington Document)


Excise Tax - Change in Controlling Interest Form (Washington Document)


Statutory List of Exemptions (Washington Document)


Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit - mobile home (Washington Document)


Certificate of Acknowledgment - Individual (Washington Document)


Certificate of Acknowledgment - Representative (Washington Document)


Jurat (Washington Document)


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Areas covered by these Certificate of Trust Forms:

  • Pierce County

Including:

  • Anderson Island
  • Ashford
  • Bonney Lake
  • Buckley
  • Camp Murray
  • Carbonado
  • Dupont
  • Eatonville
  • Elbe
  • Fox Island
  • Gig Harbor
  • Graham
  • Kapowsin
  • La Grande
  • Lakebay
  • Lakewood
  • Longbranch
  • Longmire
  • Mcchord Afb
  • Mckenna
  • Milton
  • Orting
  • Paradise Inn
  • Puyallup
  • Roy
  • South Prairie
  • Spanaway
  • Steilacoom
  • Sumner
  • Tacoma
  • University Place
  • Vaughn
  • Wauna
  • Wilkeson

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What is the Washington Certificate of Trust?

Washington State Certification of Trust

When doing business with a trustee, third parties (such as financial institutions) may request a certification of trust, a statutory document that certifies the existence of a trust and outlines the trustee's powers and authority to act on the trust's behalf. In Washington, the certificate, taken from section 1013 of the Uniform Trust Code, is codified at RCW 11.98.075 as part of the probate and trust law of Washington.

In lieu of presenting parties outside of the trust arrangement (essentially, anyone who is not a trust beneficiary) with the entire trust document, RCW 11.98.075 allows the trustee to supply a certificate of trust containing the essential information about the trust necessary for the transaction at hand, and not "the dispositive terms of the trust" (RCW 11.98.075(4)). This allows the settlor's estate plans to remain private, including the identity of trust beneficiaries.

The certificate requires a statement that the trust exists, along with the name and date of the trust, the identity of the trust's settlor, and the name and address of each current trustee serving the trust. The document also establishes the relevant powers of the trustee to conduct the business at hand. If there are co-trustees, the certificate also outlines how many are required to jointly act in performing trustee powers, and who among them has signing authority. Additional evidence as to the designation of the trustee and the trustee's powers may be requested in the form of excerpts from the trust instrument.

In addition, a certificate of trust also identifies anyone holding a power to revoke the trust, if applicable, and identifies how assets held by the trust are titled. In support of a real property transaction, a certificate may also provide a legal description of the subject property.

The contents of the certificate may be relied on by the recipient as fact, and offers protections for persons relying on the information. The certificate contains a statement to the effect that the representations made within have not been invalidated by any amendments made to or revocation of the trust.

A certificate of trust in Washington may be signed by any trustee or an attorney for the trust in the presence of a notary public. If the certificate is submitted for recording with the appropriate county's land records, it must conform to Washington State recording requirements.

Consult a lawyer with questions regarding certifications of trust in Washington, as each situation is unique.

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