Pierce County Transfer on Death Deed Form (Washington)

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

Transfer on Death Deed Form

Pierce County Transfer on Death Deed Form

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included Pierce County compliant document last validated/updated 5/13/2024

Transfer on Death Deed Guide

Pierce County Transfer on Death Deed Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Pierce County compliant document last validated/updated 6/17/2024

Completed Example of the Transfer on Death Deed Document

Pierce County Completed Example of the Transfer on Death Deed Document

Example of a properly completed Washington Transfer on Death Deed document for reference.
Included Pierce County compliant document last validated/updated 6/17/2024

When using these Transfer on Death Deed forms, the subject real estate must be physically located in Pierce County. The executed documents should then be recorded in the following office:

Pierce County Auditor

2401 S 35th St, Rm 200, Tacoma, Washington 98409

Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Mon through Fri

Phone: 253.798.7440

Local jurisdictions located in Pierce County include:

  • 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

How long does it take to get my forms?

Forms are available immediately after submitting payment.

How do I get my forms, are they emailed?

Immediately after you submit payment, the Pierce County forms you order will be available for download directly from your account. You can then download the forms to your computer. If you do not already have an account, one will be created for you as part of the order process, and your login details will be provided to you. If you encounter any issues accessing your forms, please reach out to our support team for assistance. Forms are NOT emailed to you.

What does "validated/updated" mean?

This indicates the most recent date when at least one of the following occurred:

  • Updated: The document was updated or changed to remain compliant.
  • Validated: The document was examined by an attorney or staff, or it was successfully recorded in Pierce County using our eRecording service.
Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Pierce County?

Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Pierce County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.

Can the Transfer on Death Deed forms be re-used?

Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in Pierce County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Pierce County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Washington or Pierce County. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.

What type of files are the forms?

All of our Pierce County Transfer on Death Deed forms are PDFs. You will need to have or get Adobe Reader to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I need any special software to use these forms?

You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I have to enter all of my property information online?

No. The blank forms are downloaded to your computer and you fill them out there, at your convenience.

Can I save the completed form, email it to someone?

Yes, you can save your deed form at any point with your information in it. The forms can also be emailed, blank or complete, as attachments.

Are there any recurring fees involved?

No. Nothing to cancel, no memberships, no recurring fees.

Real estate owners in Washington have an estate planning option: the transfer on death deed (TODD). Find the full text in the Revised Statutes of Washington at Chapter 64.80.

This statute is based on the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act (URPTODA). Along with Washington, a growing number of states are choosing to adopt the provisions of the URPTODA. The new law allows landowners to direct the distribution of what is often their most significant asset, their real estate, with a correctly executed and recorded transfer on death deed.

Transfer on death deeds are nontestamentary, which means ownership of the property passes to the beneficiary without instructions in a will or the need for probate (64.80.040). Unnecessary conflicts are likely to add confusion and expense, so best practices dictate that landholders should take care to ensure that their wills and TODDs lead to the same outcomes.

Washington's version of the URPTODA sets out the specific requirements for lawful transfer on death deeds:

- The capacity required to make or revoke a transfer on death deed is the same as the capacity required to make a will (64.80.050, 11.12.010).

- It must contain the essential elements and formalities of a properly recordable inter vivos deed, such as warranty or quitclaim deed (64.80.060(1))

- It must state that the transfer to the designated beneficiary is to occur at the transferor's death (64.80.060(2))

- It must be recorded before the transferor's death in the office of the clerk of the county commission in the county where the property is located (64.80.060(3)).

The named beneficiary gains no present rights to the property, only a potential future interest. Instead, the transferors retain absolute control during their lives. This includes the freedom to sell or transfer it to someone else, and to modify or revoke the intended transfer on death (64.80.090). These details, along with the fact that TODDs only convey the property rights remaining, if any, at the owner's death, explain why they do not require notice or consideration (64.80.070).

According to 64.80.100(1)(a), the beneficiary gains equitable interest in the property ONLY when the owner dies. Note, however, that the beneficiary must be alive at the time of the transferor's death or the interest returns to the estate (64.80.100(1)(b)). To prevent this from happening, the owner may identify one or more contingent beneficiaries. All beneficiaries take title subject to any obligations (contracts, easements, etc.) associated with the property when the transferor dies (according to 64.80.100(2)).

With the new transfer on death deeds, real property owners in Washington have access to a convenient, flexible tool for managing one aspect of a comprehensive estate plan. Even so, a TODD may not be appropriate for everyone. Since each situation is unique, contact an attorney with specific questions or for complex circumstances.

(Washington TODD Package includes form, guidelines, and completed example)

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