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Author Archives: Leslie R. Bottimore

How Can a Parent’s Mental Illness Affect Child Custody and Support?

The best interest of the child is the standard that guides a court in deciding a custody case, and a parent’s ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment factors heavily into the evaluation. As such, the court will consider whether a parent has a mental illness that affects their ability to care for the […]

Keeping Personal and Business Assets Separate Can Help Prevent a Messy Divorce

One of the most contentious issues in divorce is the division of marital assets. This can become even more complicated if one or both of the spouses has an ownership stake in a business. While several factors can affect whether a spouse is entitled to receive assets from a business owned by the other, there […]

How Does Not Wearing a Seat Belt Affect Your Car Accident Injury Claim?

Seatbelts can significantly reduce the risk of severe injury or fatality if you’re in a car accident. In Washington, drivers and passengers in motor vehicles are required by law to wear seatbelts. Failure to wear a seatbelt at the time of a collision could result in a traffic ticket, but it does not take away […]

Using Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts as Part of Estate Planning

There are a number of strategies that can be used in estate planning to reduce tax consequences. A grantor retained annuity trust (GRAT) is an instrument that can potentially allow a person to transfer wealth to the next generation with minimal or no gift tax ramifications. With interest rates as low as they are, now […]

Preparing Estate Planning Documents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Given the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic, estate planning is more critical now than ever. No matter your age or health condition, there are specific documents that everyone should have in place to ensure peace of mind. Although COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines may prevent attorneys and their clients from meeting in person, estate planning […]

Does Washington Have Any State or County Residency Requirement for Filing a Divorce?

In many states, petitioners must hold residency for a minimum of six months before filing for divorce. Washington is unique in that it imposes no such time period. However, there are certain other residency requirements for seeking a divorce here. State law requires that the petitioner (the spouse who is filing for divorce) be one […]

Your Remedies if You Suspect Your Spouse is Hiding Assets During Divorce

Washington is a community property state, which means that marital property is generally split 50/50 during a divorce. An important part of this equal division is gaining a complete financial picture of the assets and debts of both spouses. Failing to fully and honestly disclose finances during divorce proceedings is illegal but more common than […]

How Will a Child’s Preferences Be Weighed in Child Custody Determinations?

In a Washington divorce, custody and visitation arrangements are incorporated into a parenting plan, defining how each parent will be involved in the child’s rearing and where the child primarily will live. When the spouses are unable to agree on key aspects of a parenting plan, it may fall upon the court to intervene and […]

Limiting the Impact of Divorce Upon Your Business

As a business owner, you may have taken steps to protect your company from theft, security breaches, competitor threats and downturns in the market. But have you considered measures for protecting your business in the event of a divorce? With an estimated 40 to 50 percent of first marriages ending in divorce, and with even […]