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

Reasons to Establish Paternity

Even though it can be a rather complicated process, establishing paternity can be done one of two ways: voluntarily signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity form or by establishing paternity in a court proceeding. What’s more, establishing paternity benefits all family members, including both the parents and the child. So what are some of the benefits of establishing paternity? Custody and Visitation Rights - Read More

Who’s At Fault in a Trucking Accident?

Finding out the liable party for a routine fender-bender is often difficult enough, but is sometimes fairly clear-cut. At the very least, there are usually only two parties involved. This is not the case with auto accidents involving 18-wheelers or large trucks. Because the truck driver is on-the-job, a thorough investigation is needed to determine the true liable party. This blog will go over a few parties that are Read More

What are the Basic Components of a Last Will and Testament?

The first thing to understand about estate planning is that the Last Will and Testament is the foundation of the majority of individuals’ estate plans. More commonly known as, simply, a “Will,” it is certainly the most widely known document used in estate plans. If you are wondering where to start with your estate plan, your Will is a good place to start. This blog will explore this essential estate planning document Read More

The New Normal: 4 Tips for Starting Over After Divorce

If your divorce is fresh, getting to the other side of what you’re feeling can feel next-to-impossible. Because every marriage and subsequent divorce is so unique, you may need personalized help (in the form of a therapist or counselor) dealing with everything. This blog is intended to serve as a general guide for starting over and embracing your new normal after your divorce is finalized.  Give yourself time – and Read More

4 Tips for Maximizing Your Home’s Value Before You Sell

The COVID-19 pandemic put a monkey wrench in many people’s economic plans, and the housing market was no exception. Now that people have a body of knowledge for carrying on life’s activities during this health crisis and states are beginning to gradually reopen, home sales in Washington state are also picking up. If you are looking to sell your house in the next few months, there are some steps you can take to Read More

What is the Role of a Personal Representative in a Will?

When someone passes away, there is actually a lot of work to complete, including settling the decedent’s estate (property and assets) and paying off final debts and obligations. To accomplish these and other tasks, a personal representative (sometimes called an “executor” in states other than Washington) is tasked with tying up loose ends and carrying out the decedent’s wishes put in his or her estate plan. Being a Read More