Congratulations on finding love! It can be difficult to translate the joy you feel in your relationship to children facing a new life as a stepchild or new sibling. They may have concerns about their relationship with your partner or how the changes might impact their relationship with you.
There will likely be growing pains as everyone settles into new roles, but you can find success as a blended family with open communication, respect, and love. Our team of experienced family law and estate planning attorneys can help you understand your rights and obligations.
Whether your blended family includes minor or adult children, it is important to consider creating or revising an estate plan to preserve and protect your wishes. You may have assets you want to retain as separate property to pass to your direct heirs or a desire to take care of your stepchildren through a will or trust. Our estate planning attorneys have rich experience helping blended families create comprehensive plans to give your family peace of mind and a clear path forward.
Sometimes when a new partner is welcomed into the family, hiccups can come up concerning co-parenting or following an agreed-upon or court-ordered parenting plan. Our family law attorneys understand the dynamics that can arise with a new stepparent. We can help your family navigate your legal challenges to reduce conflict and create a child-focused arrangement.
Structuring a strong stepfamily should begin with clear communication. Our attorneys have the education and experience to help your family prevent communication challenges before they arise and navigate them when they do.
Washington state’s laws on non-marital relationships, including committed intimate relationships (CIRs), can be convoluted, especially in the absence of a cohabitation agreement. Given the ambiguity that exists for unmarried partners in Washington state, thinking about the future and what it could look like is more important than ever. This is especially true in terms of aging, incapacity, and death. Fortunately, you can address each of these issues in a comprehensive estate plan.
Co-parenting over a long distance when you are a non-residential parent does not have to equate to sacrificing involvement in your children’s lives. But it likely does mean you will have to make tweaks in your communication and parenting style to accommodate the new living arrangement.
If you have a significant amount of money saved, you might be considering giving some of it away while you are still alive via what is known in estate planning jargon as a living inheritance. Depending on your desires, you can give your beneficiaries a portion of or all of the inheritance you intend to give them.
Estate planning is commonly associated with preparing for asset distribution and financial management in the event of the estate plan owner’s incapacitation or death. However, an estate plan can protect more than just people and what they have worked so hard during their lifetimes to build. A carefully crafted Washington state estate plan can also protect pets.
If you live in Washington State and have an estranged family member, are you worried about them contesting your will after you die? Well, don’t worry quite yet. There are a variety of criteria an individual must meet to contest a will in the state of Washington.
Depending on your situation, there might also be measures you can take as you revisit your existing estate plan or create a new one to cause them to think twice about doing so. Here is what you need to know about whether an estranged family member can contest a will in Washington state.
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Far too many families end up fighting, or at least experiencing tension, over a family inheritance, but it does not have to be that way. Having counseled families for years, we offer the following advice to help your family avoid fighting over your property — while you are here and after you die.