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 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.
- What happens if you Don’t have a Will If you die “intestate” (without a Will), Washington State’s intestacy laws outline what happens.
- 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?
- Estate Planning: The Best Christmas Gift you can Give your Kids I often tell clients that they should get an estate plan done and wrap it up and put it under the Christmas tree. Those clients who have experienced a nasty probate understand what I mean.
- Hers/Mine/Ours: Community Property and Why it Matters Most clients come into my office and already know that Washington is a community property state but they don’t know exactly what that means.
- Yeah, You Need a Will Lots of people think they’re too young or too poor to have an estate plan (will, power of attorney, etc.). As discussed in a previous blog, there are a lot of reasons people use to avoid thinking about these things.
- Beware the Joint Account I’m not talking about joint accounts with your spouse. That’s not usually a problem, in my mind. I’m talking about the joint account with your adult child.
- Have Kids Under 18? Write Love Letters Now I’m going to talk about sad things in this blog, like dying before your kids are 18 years old. Just to forewarn you. However, it’s a really important part of my job and should be something you think about if you have kids under the age of 18.
- Avoiding the Pesky Gift Tax A lot of people come into my office with questions about the gift tax. It’s a weird one – you have to pay tax on gifts you give people? Really?
- What is a Living Trust and Do I Need One? A living trust is an alternative to a Will and is used when probate should be avoided. Some basics about a living trust: You need to put all of your assets into the living trust, including your real estate, bank accounts, cars, furniture, etc.
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