4 New Year’s Resolutions For Recently Divorced People

The New Year feels like a new beginning for many people. For those who are recently divorced, it might feel like even more of a fresh start. If next year is the first year you’ve started out single in a while, congratulations! We know how difficult divorce can be, and that it doesn’t always feel like an accomplishment when it’s over. If you’re wondering where to go from this new start, here are our 4 New Year’s Read More

3 Ways To Transfer Real Estate Outside of Probate

When someone dies without having made an Estate Plan with an attorney, their remaining belongings and property (their estate) and money (their assets) enter probate. Probate is a process where a Judge in the state someone lived in determines where their estate and assets should go. Without a set plan from the individual, these important decisions are made at a Judge’s discretion. While probate is a standard process, Read More

How to Deal With the Family Business in a Divorce

Dividing assets and debts is often the most complex part of a divorce. The longer you’ve been married to your spouse, the more things you’ve accumulated during your marriage. Making an inventory of every last asset and determining whether each asset is community or separate property can be tedious.  Making matters more complex is the fact that some assets can be a mixture of community and separate property. Those Read More

5 Things Cyclists in Washington State Need to Know

A bicycle is considered a legal road vehicle, similar to a car or motorcycle, in Washington state. The vast majority of drivers respect the rules of the road and the right of cyclists to share the pavement. However, drivers who don’t use reasonable care and caution leave cyclists uniquely vulnerable to catastrophic injuries and, unfortunately, death in the event of an accident. We have some tips below to ensure Read More

5 Tips for Choosing a Trustee or Executor

When going through the estate planning process, there are many things to consider. Deciding what you want to happen to your various assets may be difficult at times, but it is what most people need to think about throughout this experience. What many people fail to give a lot of thought to, however, is deciding who should serve as the trustee or executor of their Will, trusts, or other estate planning Read More

How to Receive College Payment Support from Your Ex-Spouse

Congratulations! Your daughter graduated from high school a few months ago, and you’re so proud of her for graduating as an honors student. It seems like just yesterday that she embarked on her first day of kindergarten, and it’s only a matter of weeks until you drop her off at the dorm. You want to be able to financially support her in undergraduate school (and, possibly, beyond), but you need help from your former Read More

How Does Fault Work in Washington State Accidents?

Washington, like the majority of states, uses the fault-based legal doctrine when determining payouts after an auto accident. This means that the at-fault driver’s insurance is responsible for paying expenses after the accident. However, as we’ll explain below, you can still get compensation if you are partially (or even mostly) at fault for an accident.  Washington is a Pure Comparative Negligence State For a Read More

Taking a Vacation With Your Kids This Summer? Don’t Forget About Your Co-Parenting Obligations

Let’s face it: after 2020 (and, for what it’s worth, the first half of 2021), we all need a vacation. If you can find a way to go on a vacation this summer that keeps everyone safe amid the lingering COVID-19 variants, we recommend you do so! For those of you who are co-parents, you know that anything involving your kids requires a bit more planning and preparation than normal. You have to worry about the parenting Read More

What You Need to Know About TEDRA Matters in Washington

Between a trustee’s obligations, maintenance of trust assets, distribution of estate assets, Will validation, and countless other matters having to do with a decedent’s estate, there are plenty of opportunities for heirs and beneficiaries to begin feuding. After all, money issues is one of the most common precursors to disagreements.  Washington state has a unique procedure to settle estate-related disputes. The Read More

Updating Your Estate Plan During AND After Divorce

Divorce is a major life event. That’s almost all you can think about before and after filing the petition, and for a while after the process is complete. Hiring a caring law firm can help your divorce go smoothly, but you do have another legal area to address while all of this is going on: your estate plan. The bottom line: you should start updating your plan as soon as possible.  Your Ex-Spouse Will Automatically Be Read More