Aretha Franklin Did Not Leave a Will

Many of us were saddened by the news that we lost a great singer, Aretha Franklin, on August 16, 2018. She was known as the “Queen of Soul” and her family saw her as the rock of their family.  Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76 after fighting advanced pancreatic cancer.  What may be even more surprising than her death, is the fact that she did not leave a will.  What does this mean for her estimated Read More

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

Estate Planning: A Key Baby Boomer Family Value!

  If you were born between 1946 and 1955, you are considered to be a "Baby Boomer." If you are a Baby Boomer do not already have an estate plan established, you need one for your own sake and for your family's. So, what is an estate plan and why is it important? In this article, we are going to discuss the basic components of a good estate plan, and why it is important for you and your family to have Read More

Getting Ready for Spring Break and More with a Family Protection Plan

  Spring break is coming up fast! And it truly is an exciting time of year, filled with both the promise of spring and brief glimpses of Summer. With the brief pre-summer respite, families across America are going to be planning short trips, family outings, and the occasional "stay-cation!" Whether your plans for spring break include trips to exotic locations, the mall, or simply spring cleaning, this is the 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

Is it True that Prince Didn’t Have a Will?

  Prince, the well-known music icon from the 80s, continued to make music and wow his fans even in the 90s and 2000s.  When he died, many people across the world mourned his passing and fell in love again with his music.  However, as news of his passing persisted, many were shocked to find out that Prince didn't have a will to direct the disbursement of his estate. How does someone with so much fame and 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