Skagit County Sheriff

Civil Division
Skagit County Sheriffs Office
Writ of Attachment - Personal and Real Property

 

What Is It?
An attachment is an order directing the Sheriff to seize property of the defendant prior to judgment being rendered. The issuance of the writ to the Sheriff can be done at the time of the commencing of the action or any time afterwards before judgment. The writs are acted on as security for the safekeeping of the property pending potential satisfaction of the judgment. RCW 6.25

Property is divided into two types: "real property," which is any interest in land, real estate, growing plants or the improvements on it, and "personal property", which is all other items the defendant may have ownership in.

Personal Property Attachment

What the Sheriff’s Office Needs:

Deposit of $150.00

Four conformed copies of the Writ of Attachment

Writ must comply with RCW 6.25.110.

Copy of Order to Issue Writ

Break and Enter Order

May be a separate order or incorporated into the body of the writ.

Must be address specific.

Original Bond of Indemnity to Sheriff

Triple the value of the property to be seized.

An indemnity bond indemnifies the sheriff from any liability in the civil action. The bond must be presented at the same time as the writ. The bond must be in an amount triple the value of the personal property to be seized. The Sheriff’s Office will determine minimum acceptable bond amounts.

PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGE ON THE BOND:

“…The principal shall pay all costs, charges, and damages, and save harmless and indemnify the sheriff against any and all claims by the defendants or by any third person or party against him on account of any and all lawful steps the sheriff is to make or to take under said writ, whether or not such writ is lawful or unlawful”.

The bond should be made out to “SHERIFF WILL REICHARDT”.

Letter of Instruction, which includes:

Information on the defendants

Name – Last, First and Middle, and/or Business Name
Address
Date of Birth, if not a business
Telephone Number

Information on the plaintiffs

Name – Last, First and Middle, and/or Business Name
Address
Date of Birth, if not a business
Telephone Number

Information on the contact person to whom the Sheriff’s Office will be releasing the property.

Name – Last, First and Middle, and/or Business Name
Address
Telephone Number

Property to be levied on, if known

Be as specific as possible.
Include identifiers such as license, VIN, serial and/or model names or numbers.
On other types of property, a very good description.
A true or sample photo, if possible.

Location of the property

Address of the location of the property if it is not the same as the defendant’s address.

Special information such as:

The best time to attempt action, such as when the defendant’s are home, which is preferable.
Photograph of item or items to be seized, even if just an example.

Mover if needed – Who will move property from defendant to Sheriff’s Keeper location.

Name, address and telephone number of a licensed and bonded company.
Must be approved by the Sheriff’s Office.
It is plaintiff’s responsibility to pay the moving costs.

Sheriff’s Keeper – Where property will be stored for safekeeping.

Name, address and telephone number of a licensed and bonded storage company.
Keeper must be approved by the Sheriff’s Office.
It is plaintiff’s responsibility to pay the storage costs.
A hold harmless agreement and keeper’s receipt will be provided by the Sheriff’s Office.

Service Instructions

Would you like the Sheriff’s Office to serve the defendants?

Real Property Attachment

What the Sheriff’s Office Needs:

Deposit of $150.00

Four conformed copies of the Writ of Attachment

Writ must comply with RCW 6.25.110.

Copy of Order to Issue Writ

A separate blank check payable to the Skagit County Auditor

Print clearly on the memo line of the check: "Not to exceed $85.00".

Leave dollar amounts blank. The Sheriff’s Office will fill in the exact amount needed by the Auditor’s office. The Auditor’s Office will not make change.

When levy is filed, an additional copy of the receipt will be obtained and forwarded to you for your records.

A letter of instruction which includes:

Property Information
Parcel Number
Tax Number
Full legal description
Address of property

Information on the defendants

Name – Last, First and Middle, and/or Business Name
Address
Date of Birth, if not a business
Telephone Number

Information on the plaintiffs

Name – Last, First and Middle, and/or Business Name
Address
Date of Birth, if not a business
Telephone Number

Service Instructions

Would you like the Sheriff’s Office to serve the defendants?