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Christopher S. Mulvaney

In 2014, the Washington State Legislature enacted the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act (RCW 64.80).

Recording requires you to pay $204.50 per recorded deed (plus postage for delivery and return to you) and wait months for the original (you can’t print out a copy) to be recorded by mail. That is why I paid to belong to an electronic recording service that has a membership fee and a per document fee, so that I can record a copy for you in 1-2 days for $250 payable by credit card at this LawPay Link. A Quitclaim Deed costs $300 to record because of the preparation and recording of the Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit (REETA).

You can execute the Transfer on Death Deed (TODD) via DocVerify. If you don’t have legal insurance, the cost of preparation of the TODD is $250 for a total cost of $500 including recording. If you complete and return the attached form then I can look up the parcel number and legal description and email you a draft for your review.

The Transfer on Death Deeds (TODD) is a legal method for avoiding probate, not taxes.  Washington state is a “no probate” state; meaning as long as no real estate is in the Estate, and the Estate contains $100,000 or less, then no probate is required to be filed.  

The Beneficiaries will still need to complete and record the Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit (REETA) even though no excise tax will be owed. This was true even before 2014 when the TODD statute was enacted.

A TODD does not avoid estate tax.  The estate tax is a type of transfer tax for which there is not an exemption as there is for the excise tax.  This means any assets transferring at death, such as through a TODD, are taxable for estate tax purposes. 

The IRS explains transfer taxes on their website.  

The biggest difference between a Revocable Trust and a TODD is protection for the Grantor. 

Where a Revocable Trust offers some protections against creditors, a TODD does not.  

While the REETA is submitted to the Department of Revenue by the County, it is sent to the REET section for review.  The REETA is not shared with the Estate Tax section.  If an estate is over the filing threshold of the $2,193,000, it is the executor’s responsibility to file an estate tax return.



Christopher S. Mulvaney’s Mission:

To Always Be a Human Being First, and My Role Second. 

To First, Do No Harm, then to provide the best legal outcome,

smoothest process, best value, and to make a positive difference in the life of every client.

Christopher S. Mulvaney’s Mantra:

May I be filled with loving kindness for all life.

May I be safe from dangers within and without.

May I be healthy in body, mind, socially, and spiritually.

May I be at ease and happy, doing good in the world.

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Mulvaney Law Offices, PLLC is located in Bellevue, Washington, representing estate planning & probate, chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, and real estate transactions clients in:

  • Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, Issaquah, Sammamish, Maple Valley, Burien, SeaTac, and throughout King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties.