Blog

Avoiding the Pesky Gift Tax

Avoiding the Pesky Gift Tax

The gift tax is a weird/annoying one but can be easy to avoid. A primer on the gift tax exceptions.
Read more
Have Kids Under 18? Write a Love Letter Now.

Have Kids Under 18? Write a Love Letter Now.

It seems impossible that you won't be around to raise your children, but it is possible and your parenting priorities should be communicated to the person who will step in to raise your kiddos. Why the love letter is an important non-legal aspect of your estate plan.
Read more
Beware the Joint Account

Beware the Joint Account

Why listing your adult child as an owner on your account is (usually) a bad idea.
Read more
Yeah, You Need A Will

Yeah, You Need A Will

Everyone needs a Will (and a Power of Attorney). It's that simple!
Read more
Hers/Mine/Ours - Community Property and Why It Matters

Hers/Mine/Ours - Community Property and Why It Matters

A primer on community property laws - including Washington's way to attract women to the Territory in the 1860s!
Read more
Estate Planning: The Best Christmas Gift For Your Kids

Estate Planning: The Best Christmas Gift For Your Kids

Although you might not think about it, a complete estate plan is the best gift to put under the Christmas tree - your kids will thank you later!
Read more
Reasons People Don’t Do Estate Planning

Reasons People Don’t Do Estate Planning

Everyone who prepares an estate plan says the same thing: “I’m so relieved to get this done . . . it’s been on my to-do list for years!” So, why don’t people get their estate plan done when they first think of it?
Read more
What Happens If You Don’t Have a Will

What Happens If You Don’t Have a Will

If you die “intestate” (without a Will), Washington State’s intestacy laws outline what happens.
Read more
When the Rich & Famous Fail to Plan

When the Rich & Famous Fail to Plan

Too often we read stories in the news about famous people who didn’t have an estate plan in place when they died. Here are a few interesting tales from those who succeeded during life but failed to plan for death.
Read more