Electronic Wills in Washington: What You Need to Know

Written By Shaheer Hashmi Law is an ever-evolving field in how it is practiced and what it covers, and the time-tested process for estate planning is no different. Recently, Washington State announced that starting January 1st, 2022, wills may begin to be executed electronically through the upcoming Electronic Wills Act (EWA). What does that mean…

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Six Expenses You Probably Aren’t Planning For

Don’t get taken by surprise when these expenses sneak up on you! Sometimes, it is hard enough to find the money to cover your daily living expenses, so the idea that you should put away “extra” money for a rainy day seems outlandish.  But this planning necessary, and it is simpler than you might think.…

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Probate in Washington: An Overview

Probate is the legal process by which property and other assets pass from the decedent (the person who has died) to his or her heirs and beneficiaries after death. In Washington, probate is not always a required procedure, even if the person dies without a will. It is typically a discretionary procedure but is required…

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Estate Planning and Tax Reform

In 2019, the significant increase in the federal estate tax exclusion to $11.4 million left some people thinking estate and tax planning was not so important anymore. However, the higher exclusion is slated to return to only $5 million (inflation indexed) at the end of 2025. Also, for Washington residents, the state estate tax exclusion…

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Never Too Young

Guest Author: Michele C. Petite-Shelhorse The fact is, life is never predictable. You are never too young to protect your loved ones and delegate your life’s legacy. Below are ten reasons why young people should consider making their estate plan now. How do you want to be remembered? Celebration of Life planning is wise. A…

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Dying Without A Will

Having your will done is your opportunity to leave final instructions for your loved ones, and to make sure your wishes are properly carried out when you die. You can address all sorts of issues in your will, including establishing guardianships for your children, setting up trusts, taking care of your pets, end of life…

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Five Important Responsibilities for the Trustee of a Special Needs Trust

If you are thinking about serving as the trustee of a special needs trust, you will probably have questions about the trustee’s role and responsibilities. Trustees of special needs trusts have many important responsibilities, but the following five appear at the top of any trustee’s list. 1. Communication An ability to communicate with the trust beneficiary,…

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Community Property & Estate Planning

What is Community Property?Community property is any property owned by a married couple, or two people in a committed intimate relationship (we will refer to these as ‘spouses’ for purposes of this article), where each spouse has a “present, undivided, one-half interest in the property.” This means that each spouse has equal access to the…

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