Celebrate Your Military Family, Improve Your Military Will

There’s an old military adage that says, “No good plan survives engagement.”  While this quote's timelessness must lend credit to its applicability in battle, it transcends its martial roots and applies equally as well to law.  Especially Estate Law.  Take for instance the idea of a Last Will and Testament.  A Will is probably the most well known and well-understood items in an estate plan.  The purpose of the Will Read More

Setting up a Durable Power of Attorney in Washington State

  Setting up a Durable Power of Attorney in Washington State is pretty straightforward. In this article is a brief description of what a Durable Power of Attorney actually is, as well as some specific rules that you must follow to set up a durable power of attorney in Washington State.   Durable Power of Attorney (POA) Explained A durable power of attorney allows you to choose someone to handle your Read More

When Do I Need a Medical Power of Attorney in Washington State?

  If you are searching for estate planning needs, you will likely come across the concept of a “Medical Power of Attorney.” We wrote this article to help you understand what a medical power of attorney is, when you would need one, and how you would obtain one.    What is a Medical Power of Attorney First off, a medical power of attorney may also be known as an advance care directive.  The medical power Read More

How Becoming Incapacitated Can Affect Your Family

  If you should become incapacitated at some point in your life, you can bet it will be both very scary and stressful for you and your family. Becoming incapacitated and unable to take care of your affairs, does not mean that you do not have a plan or say in your care and finances though. There are steps you can take today to ensure that you and your family are both taken care of should you or your spouse Read More

Four Benefits of Printing Out Your Guardianship Plan on Good Ol’ Paper

In today’s society, most things are done on the computer and saved to a hard drive.  Important documents are very rarely printed out and filed in a file cabinet or folder.  However, there are benefits to printing out legal documents including your guardianship plan. Here are four benefits of printing out your guardianship plan on good ol’ paper.   Accessibility Most people have passwords on their computers.  Read More

What if I Become Incapacitated? Who Will Take Care of My Family?

  Not being able to take care of your family or yourself can be a scary thought.  Who will make all the important decisions about your finances, health, and important decisions about your family? There are some estate planning documents that will allow you to name someone to take care of you and your family.  Let's take a look at what they are.   Advance Health Care Directive An advance health care Read More

What Legal Documents Do I Need for my Estate Plan?

  When setting up an estate plan, you may find yourself needing to find a lot of different documents. If you are using an estate planning attorney, you might find yourself asking, “What legal documents do I need?”  And more to the point, "what do I need to prepare these documents?" To help you, we have compiled a list of documents you are going to need for each part of the estate planning process.  Not Read More

Break Down Estate Planning By Using These Worksheets

Estate planning is not something you are probably thinking about... especially if you are decades out from retirement.  It is one of those things we all know we should do but don’t think about until we are much older.  Sometimes, sadly, we do not think about it until it is too late. However, regardless of where you are in life, you should have an estate plan set up. So where do you start?  Get yourself Read More

Who Can Help Create a Durable Power of Attorney in WA State

  Most of us do not like to think about it, but what happens if we are unable to make our own decisions regarding our health and finances? Who is going to make those decisions for us? Are the decisions being made what we would decide if we could? Having a durable power of attorney in Washington state is the best way to ensure decisions are being made the way you would want them to be.   What is a Durable Read More

How Does A Meretricious Relationship Play Into An Estate Plan?

  Regarding marriage, Washington state does not recognize common law. Instead, Washington State looks at a long-term, committed relationship as a meretricious relationship or cohabitation. Being in a meretricious relationship versus being legally married can affect what happens to your property and assets should one of you become disabled or die.   What is a Meretricious relationship? In the state Read More