Estate Planning

Planning for your ideal future 


There is a common misconception that an estate plan is only necessary for individuals with substantial assets.
The reality is that an estate plan can benefit virtually everyone. From identifying your final wishes to protecting your rights if you become incapacitated, the right estate plan could be essential to protecting your future interests.

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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Developing a plan for your family’s future

 

One of our experienced estate planning attorneys can advise you on the benefits of estate planning and help you develop a plan that fits your unique needs. This process could not only protect your rights, but also give you peace of mind. Let our estate planning lawyers assist you with this process from start to finish.

 

If you are just starting to explore estate planning, our webinar, “You Need A Plan,” might be a helpful resource. Register to watch.

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Estate Planning

PROVIDING PEACE OF MIND

Your Wishes


Creating your estate plan is so much more than just having a set of documents drafted. Our professional estate planning attorneys will work with you to identify your wishes for your assets, healthcare, and remains. A well-thought-out estate plan is a gift to your family that can help protect your assets through generational transfer and give you peace of mind.

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Estate Planning

EDUCATING & PLANNING

Adult Children

Your young, healthy adult children need an estate plan. Hear me out. If your child were to become incapacitated, would you have access to their hospital information, would you be able to make decisions, would you know what they want done? Once your child reaches 18 years of age, they are considered a legal adult. Our estate planning attorneys can work with your newly minted adult and help ensure their wishes and possible wealth are protected.

DISTRIBUTING THE ESTATE

Probate


You have likely heard the term probate, but if you have never dealt with an estate, you may not understand what it is and whether or not it is something you should try to avoid for your family. 

 

In the simplest possible terms, probate is the court process of distributing the estate of the deceased. If a will exists, the probate process confirms the will is valid and allows the executor to take action to follow the wishes the decedent outlined in it. If there is no will, the law will be applied to determine how the estate and affairs should be handled, and the court will appoint an executor.

 

Unlike many states, Washington has a reasonably easy probate process. Washington’s probate process is streamlined and efficient. Depending on your circumstances, it may not be worth trying to avoid. It is best to talk with one of our experienced estate planning attorneys to understand the complexity of your assets and your wishes to determine your best course of action.

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FURTHER READING

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Many people delay estate planning because facing sickness and death can be uncomfortable. However, preparation is necessary to have your wishes honored as you intend. With this in mind, consider the following suggestions to stay focused on these estate planning goals.

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