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What is a DNR and Why is it Important?

What is a DNR and Why is it Important?

DNR and POLST Instructions: What you need to know A DNR, or Do Not Resuscitate, is a medical directive that instructs medical staff not to perform any form of resuscitation if a patient has stopped breathing or heartbeat. The State of Washington has...

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Great List of Past Blog Posts

Great List of Past Blog Posts

List of Past Blog Posts List of Past Blog Posts Instead of searching through pages of past blog posts I've created a quick reference list with brief summaries and links to the original article When the Rich & Famous Fail to Plan Too often we read stories in the...

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7 Things Commonly Forgotten in a Will

7 Things Commonly Forgotten in a Will

Estate planning is one of the most important things you can do for your family and loved ones. In the case of an unexpected death, your assets will go to the intended beneficiaries, and whether your passing is expected or not, a will can help you avoid probate or...

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Should Families Fly Separately?

Should Families Fly Separately?

Why Do Some Families Fly Separately? This is a surprisingly controversial question.  While some families choose to fly separately in case there is a tragedy and one parent is killed in a plane crash the other will be able to care for their children.  The...

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The Difference Between Simple Wills and Complex Wills

The Difference Between Simple Wills and Complex Wills

If you want to have any say in how your estate is distributed and keep the state out of your affairs, you’ll want to have a will. Whether you have a simple will or a complex one depends primarily on how large your estate is and the manner in which you want distribute...

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What is a Disposition Authorization?

What is a Disposition Authorization?

On the blog we’ve talked quite a few times about what happens to your body after you die. Now there are more options than ever when it comes to deciding what happens to your body once you’ve passed away (you can read about 4 Unconventional Alternative to Traditional...

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What is Power of Attorney?

What is Power of Attorney?

Power of attorney is a document that you sign that grants a family member, friend, or other individual, referred to as an “agent” in Washington, the power to make decisions on your behalf. These documents can be extremely helpful in for family and medical personnel to...

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What are “Death Taxes”?

What are “Death Taxes”?

“Death taxes” have been around for many years under a variety of names. The phrase “death tax” was coined in the 1990s. It describes inheritance and estate taxes that are imposed after an estate owner dies. Death taxes arose in the early 20th century when the federal...

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What Happens to Your Business After You Die?

What Happens to Your Business After You Die?

Nearly 10% of all Americans are business owners. If you’re one of them, there will inevitably come a time when you need to ask “what happens to this business when I’m gone?” It’s a solemn question, but an important one. Luckily, the earlier you begin to ponder this...

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Understanding Probate

Understanding Probate

What is Probate? Probate is the legal process your estate goes through after you pass away. In probate, a court will decide how to distribute an estate after paying off any outstanding debts. Without a Will Without a Will, the court will follow state intestacy laws to...

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What NOT to Include on Your Will

What NOT to Include on Your Will

We talk a lot about what you should include on your will. What about about what you shouldn’t include? Often times there are things that just don’t belong on a will, either due to beneficiary designation or legal matters. If you’re wondering what you should leave out...

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4 Unconventional Alternatives to Traditional Burial

4 Unconventional Alternatives to Traditional Burial

On the blog we’ve talked a few times about the different options available to you to do with your body after you die. Our posts about The Case for Posthumous Body Donation and Composting Human Remains talk specially about just two alternatives to traditional burial...

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Quick and Easy Wills Online

Quick and Easy Wills Online

Last Will and Testament

Direct who should be in charge of your estate and where your estate will be distributed.

Community Property Agreement

For married couples to confirm they want their estate to go to each other without going through probate.

Health Care Durable Power of Attorney

Give authority to someone to make medical decisions for you if you become incapacitated.

Financial Durable Power of Attorney

Give authority to someone to make financial decisions and manage your finances for you if you become incapacitated.

Health Care Directive

Tell your family if you want to receive life-sustaining treatment if you're in a permanent unconscious state or vegetative state.

Disposition Authorization

Tell your family if you want to receive life-sustaining treatment if you're in a permanent unconscious state or vegetative state.