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

Talk to Your Kids About Your Estate Plan!

Plenty of adults don’t like thinking about their estate plans. Adult children don’t especially enjoy  hearing their parents talking about their estate plans. And, it’s assumed that most minor children aren’t capable of grasping the nuances of estate planning. Remember back to middle school: did you know how much your parents had in their savings accounts?  Despite these social mores, estate planning is absolutely Read More

3 Tips for Effective Co-Parenting During a Pandemic

There might be light at the end of the tunnel, but COVID-19 and all the devastation that comes with this nasty virus are still with us. COVID-19 has upended nearly every aspect of our lives. Co-parents have especially been thrown for a loop. Even in optimal circumstances, co-parenting with your ex-spouse or ex-partner is difficult. You’re more than capable of rising to the challenge, but a little help—like we’ve Read More

3 Ways to Handle Co-Parenting During the Holidays

To face unafraid, the plans that we made… co-parenting in a winter wonderland. Is that how the old song goes? For many children, winter break is the most wonderful time of the year, while for many divorced parents, it can be the most stressful. It can mean navigating time, gifts, and talking to your ex way more than you want to. There are ways to deal with these wintertime co-parenting blues - it just takes a lot of Read More