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A Trip Without Kids

A Trip Without Kids

As my husband and I prepared for an international trip without our young kids to celebrate our anniversary, we realized there were a lot of legal (and other) reasons why we should stay closer to home.
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Tom Petty's Estate: Free Fallin' Into Disaster

Tom Petty's Estate: Free Fallin' Into Disaster

Sadly, Tom Petty's estate has joined the ranks of Celebrity Estates Gone Wrong. Tom had a plan in place but it did not consider some of the (super obvious) dynamic issues that would result. Legal battles, family drama, and decent puns in this latest blog post on the importance of an estate plan.
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Composting Human Remains - Washington Leads the Way!

Composting Human Remains - Washington Leads the Way!

Did you know that Washington State just passed a law, the first of its kind, making it legal to compost human remains? How about this one: it only takes 3-4 weeks for the human body to decompose? Leave it to Washington to pass an environmentally-friendly law like this one!
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When Your Pet Is Your Kid

When Your Pet Is Your Kid

When your pet is like a kid, you need to think ahead to who will take care of your special family member if your pet outlives you. Kind of like a guardian for a human kid. The best way to do that is through a Will. You can even leave the future owner some money to buy the special treats that are so important!
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Why You Should Watch The Descendants Now

Why You Should Watch The Descendants Now

Why the 2011 movie “The Desecendants”, with George Clooney, is a must-see and what it teaches us about estate planning.
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Snow, Ear Infections and Powers of Attorney . . .

Snow, Ear Infections and Powers of Attorney . . .

How a power of attorney can include the power to make decisions for your minor kiddo. And why that might be super helpful when there is a foot of snow outside.
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What To Do About Airline Miles?

What To Do About Airline Miles?

A lot of us save and covet our airline miles, but it can be tricky to transfer them after we die or to get them from an estate when someone else dies. Every airline has different requirements and some won't allow you to transfer them at all. Plan ahead, folks!
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Put a Ring On It?

Put a Ring On It?

We don't have "common-law" marriage in Washington, but we do have "committed intimate relationships" - a far lamer term with similar repercussions. If you have chosen not to get married but are in a long-term relationship, you need to consider some of the legal consequences of that decision . . . and take a few legal steps to ensure things are the way you want them to be. I promise I won't tell you that you have to get married!
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When Your Babies Aren't Babies Anymore

When Your Babies Aren't Babies Anymore

My kids went to preschool this week and it hit me like a ton of bricks: they're growing up. They won't be babies forever and, one day (hopefully later rather than sooner), they'll be dealing with my incapacity and death. Every parent has thought about this. So, here’s your primer on how to start thinking about giving your kids your estate . . . questions you should ask and things you just need to accept.
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You Guys . . . Aretha Franklin Died Without a Will . . .

You Guys . . . Aretha Franklin Died Without a Will . . .

The Queen of Soul has passed, leaving behind a major legacy and a potentially major legal battle for her heirs. That's right, Aretha didn't have a Will and she had a reported $80 million net worth. Also, if you didn't know - she was super interesting and the diva's diva. Read this blog for straight-talk about Aretha's estate.
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Life Insurance and Fortune Cookies

Life Insurance and Fortune Cookies

Life insurance, the "super asset", can be an excellent way to protect your family but it may have unintended estate tax consequences.
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Proud to be an American! Even If It Means Paying Estate Taxes . . .

Proud to be an American! Even If It Means Paying Estate Taxes . . .

What do Julius Caeser, George Steinbrenner, and Donald Trump all have in common? They're all mentioned in this blog post about estate taxes! A readable primer on the estate taxes in Washington.
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Dads, the Mariners, and Estate Planning

Dads, the Mariners, and Estate Planning

Having lost my father to cancer earlier this year, I learned the difficulty and importance of talking to your parents about estate planning. Do it today!
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Who Gets the Rolex?

Who Gets the Rolex?

A lot of people think a post-it note with a name on it will ensure that something (e.g., jewelry, a table, piano, silver set) is given to a specific person when they die. That's not legally enforceable, so it won't work. However, there is an easy way to distribute personal property to specific beneficiaries upon your death - and it's super easy to get done.
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What is a Living Trust and Do I Need One?

What is a Living Trust and Do I Need One?

Everyone has heard about a living trust but no one really gets what they are or why they need them. Most Washingtonians don't need one, but here's some quick facts about when you might want a living trust.
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