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4 Ways to Give Back to Your Alma Mater

4 Ways to Give Back to Your Alma Mater

College is a time that most of us look back on fondly. It was our first step towards true independence. Many of us met our best friends or our spouses at school. We struggled and overcame. We grew into adults at college and learned the skills the catipulted us into...

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Why Keeping Up with Beneficiary Delegation Matters

Why Keeping Up with Beneficiary Delegation Matters

When most Americans think of retirement savings, we think of a 401(k). These days, most stable, full-time jobs offer some kind of retirement plan to their employees in addition to other benefits such as heath insurance. Instead of being a far-off, get-to-it-later...

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More on Estate Planning During a Pandemic

More on Estate Planning During a Pandemic

This year we've undergone an unprecedented pandemic, threatening thousands of lives in addition to the livelihood of countless more. Many are taking steps to secure their assets, wills, and power of attorney. While we discourage panic and remain optimistic, it's...

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Estate Planning In Quarantine – Now It’s Possible!

Estate Planning In Quarantine – Now It’s Possible!

If we've learned anything this week, it's that we don't know what to expect anymore. The world has changed drastically in a matter of days. And if you're from Washington State, you have been on this roller coaster with us, particularly the last few days. What we all...

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Kobe’s Death: A Reminder That No One Is Immortal

Kobe’s Death: A Reminder That No One Is Immortal

On the morning of Saturday, January 26, just after we got home from our daughter’s ballet class, my husband walked down the stairs and said, “Kobe Bryant died.” We were putting away the Christmas tree (don’t judge – it was a busy month) and I had the, natural,...

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A Trip Without Kids

A Trip Without Kids

My husband and I have been married for 10 years this fall. For years, I have been planning an outrageous 10-year anniversary that always seemed to involve Europe. Most recently, we both decided we really wanted to see something new so we ended on Barcelona. Barcelona...

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Tom Petty’s Estate: Free Fallin’ Into Disaster

Tom Petty’s Estate: Free Fallin’ Into Disaster

I'm sorry for the pun, but - unfortunately - it's just too easy. The world experienced a huge loss when Tom Petty died in October 2017 to an accidental overdose. We are all familiar with his clever and relatable lyrics and unique voice, particularly on a relaxed...

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Composting Human Remains – Washington Leads the Way!

Composting Human Remains – Washington Leads the Way!

This Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee signed a law that will allow Washington residents to compost their remains, adding a third option to our choices of what we want to have happen with our remains after we die. This process, known as "recomposition" or "human...

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When Your Pet Is Your Kid

When Your Pet Is Your Kid

Our first child’s name is Maverick. He is 105 pounds, very hairy, very anxious, and loves to run around after a ball. Even at age 9. “Mavpants”, as we call him, is our German Shepherd and he’s been such an important part of our lives since we adopted him from an...

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Why You Should Watch The Descendants Now

Why You Should Watch The Descendants Now

Tonight, I re-watched “The Descendants”, one of my very favorite movies. It came out in 2011 and stars George Clooney and Shailene Woodley. In 2011, I didn’t have kids and got to see movies in the theater. I saw this one in the theaters twice. George plays Matt King,...

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Snow, Ear Infections and Powers of Attorney . . .

Snow, Ear Infections and Powers of Attorney . . .

This last week has been an exciting one for residents of Western Washington as we experienced “Snowmageddon 2019.” The snow has been quite impressive – we got 10 inches at our house Friday night/Saturday morning. Everything here slows down when it snows and there is a...

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What To Do About Airline Miles?

What To Do About Airline Miles?

This Thanksgiving, we’re going to Palm Springs for a week to visit family. To fly our family of four from Seattle to Palm Springs costs $3,500. That’s insane, right? I get that Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year and everyone wants to go to Palm...

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Put a Ring On It?

Put a Ring On It?

Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of people coming into my office who are committed, long-term partners but have decided not to get married for whatever reason. I find it refreshing . . . if something is working, don’t over-formalize it. However, these types of relationships...

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When Your Babies Aren’t Babies Anymore

When Your Babies Aren’t Babies Anymore

This last week, my four-year-old son started his second year of preschool, played in his first outdoor soccer game, started playing flag football, and said “actually, mom . . .” to correct something I said. (He was, in fact, correct.) In the same amount of time, my...

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

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

The beloved songstress, Aretha Franklin, died on August 16, 2018, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, further solidifying my deep hatred of pancreatic cancer. Who doesn’t have a dozen memories surrounding Aretha’s massive hits like “Respect” or “Natural Woman”...

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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.