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How To Prevent My Child from Becoming a Ward of the Court

How To Prevent My Child from Becoming a Ward of the Court

If something happens to you and you’re unable to care for your children, the court system may step in. Making a child a ward of the court is only a last resort. If you’ve already made other arrangements, the court system would prefer to honor those arrangements as long as they account for your children’s…

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What Do I Need to Know about a Power of Attorney in WA State?

What Do I Need to Know about a Power of Attorney in WA State?

A power of attorney gives a loved one the legal authority to handle your healthcare, financial, or other important decisions for you if you’re unable to. This can help you both during major life events when you need extra help or if you’re physically or mentally unable to make decisions on your own. What Exactly…

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What to Know During the Guardianship Nomination Process

What to Know During the Guardianship Nomination Process

If something happened to you and you were unable to take care of yourself or your children, who would step in? Ideally, it would be someone you chose. Nominating a guardian before something happens allows you to do just that. What Is a Guardian? Think back to school forms asking for a parent or legal…

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

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…

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What Legal Documents Do I Need for my Estate Plan?

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…

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Break Down Estate Planning By Using These Worksheets

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…

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

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…

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How to Help Your Family Use Your Estate Planning Forms in An Emergency

How to Help Your Family Use Your Estate Planning Forms in An Emergency

In an emergency, everything is chaotic and stressful. Family members are often distraught and unable to clearly (and quickly) think about your wishes. What will happen to your children if you and your spouse are no longer able to care for them or yourselves? How will your family know your wishes or have access to…

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Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, and Wills: What You Need to Know

Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, and Wills: What You Need to Know

The estate planning process encompasses a range of important legal and financial matters. No one likes to think about death or dying, yet it is important to be prepared in case of an emergency. Especially, for instance, young parents who have minor children…what will happen to your kids if something happens to you? The “Durable”…

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What You Need to Know about a Healthcare Power of Attorney

What You Need to Know About a Healthcare Power of Attorney (HPOA)

One of the things that often confuse people setting up estate plans is the difference between the various powers of attorney.  Often, people looking into estate planning ask questions like:  Can we just wrap this all up into one?  Why do I need all these when all I want to do is make sure my…

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