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Category Archives: Estate Planning

How to Use a Living Trust as Part of Your Estate Planning

When people think about planning their estates, a will might be the first thing that comes to mind. However, it’s essential to be aware that there are other tools that can be used as part of a comprehensive estate plan. Sometimes known as an “inter vivos” trust, a living trust can offer many benefits and […]

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 […]

Pros and Cons of Revocable Living Trusts

A revocable living trust is an estate planning instrument that allows you to keep assets in a protected entity during your lifetime and to pass them on to beneficiaries after your death. During your lifetime, you can serve as the trustee, maintaining full control of the assets and altering the trust as desired. In the […]

Making Sure Your Estate Planning Covers Long-Term Disability

Estate planning is largely concerned with anticipating and arranging the distribution of your assets after you die. However, a comprehensive estate plan should also include preparing for the possibility of a long-term disability. Research confirms that most Americans will face some type of disability during their lifetime and that for many, the disabilities will be […]

Using Community Property Agreements to Avoid Probate

Probate is a court-supervised legal process intended to ensure that a decedent’s estate is protected and distributed to the lawful creditors and beneficiaries. However, many individuals seek to avoid probate, wishing to spare their survivors the expense and delay often associated with the process. One effective strategy to avoid probate in Washington is signing a […]

Estate Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 across Washington and the rest of the country has understandably caused many people to fear for their own health and that of their families. The virus also has been a wake-up call for people to get their financial affairs in order. Perhaps it will inspire more people to create proper estate […]

COVID-19 Crisis Speeds Washington’s Adoption of Remote Online Notarization

Notaries, who play critical roles in administering oaths, witnessing signings and authenticating documents, have always had to perform their jobs in person. But even before the spread of the coronavirus, legislation was in the works in Washington State to allow for remote notarization using online technology. That facility has become more sorely needed during the […]

How Can a TEDRA Agreement Help Settle Probate Disputes?

Distributing the assets of a deceased loved one can be difficult. Disputes can arise with even the most well-crafted will or trust, resulting in costly court battles among beneficiaries that can last years and split families apart. To make these disputes less contentious and easier to resolve, Washington lawmakers passed the Trust and Estate Dispute […]