Ex Parte via the Clerk
Per LCR 40.1, matters to be submitted to the King County Ex Parte and Probate Department via the Clerk may be submitted for presentation either electronically through the eFIling Application or in hard copy delivery by mail or in-person to the Clerk's Office. The method used to submit for presentation will not impact the processing time or order in which matters are submitted to the Ex Parte Department.
The Ex Parte Motions and Hearing Manual (updated 07-17-2014) to learn about the rules, procedures, costs and time lines.
The Ex Parte Master List to determine if your matter must be presented via the Clerk or in-person by a case participant.
The Ex Parte via the Clerk FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions updated 07-25-2011) for additional important details about the process.
Note: The court file is not reviewed. All supporting document(s) necessary for the Court to decide the issue must be provided, including copies of all documents (e.g., Affidavits of Service) that are referenced in the proposed order or are necessary for the Court's review.
Presentation Fee: A $30.00 presentation fee is applied to all matters submitted without oral argument to the Ex Parte Department through the Clerk's Office (i.e., via the Clerk).
Delivery to the Ex Parte Department will occur four (4) times per court day.
You may submit up to five (5) orders in a single case (must have the same cause number) at one time for a single presentation fee.
Fees for additional, related services (e.g., certified copies, new Letters of Testamentary) are charged in addition to the presentation fee.
Expedited Fee: For an additional $30.00 expedited service fee the Clerk will present your order to the Ex Parte Department with fifteen (15) minutes of receipt. Once the order is signed the Clerk will contact you by the method requested.
Fee Waiver: You may apply to the Clerk's Office for a waiver of the presentation fee. To do so, you must complete the waiver forms available here or at the Clerk's Office. Fee waivers may be granted for a period no longer than six (6) months. If your fee waiver is granted, you will be required to include a copy of the approved fee waiver with each subsequent submission.
Read the Ex Parte Motions and Hearing Manual (updated 07-17-2014)
Optional Ex Parte Information Sheet: Use this form if you want to call the Court's attention to specific information.
For help, review the Ex Parte Frequently Asked Questions or call the Ex Parte via the Clerk Seattle staff at (206) 477-0848 or Kent staff (206) 477-3047.