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Wills Versus Trusts

There is a lot of confusion regarding Wills and Trusts. Is one better than the other? How can you avoid probate? Can you have a Will with a Trust? Can you have a Trust with a Will? Do you need both?  Let’s start off by discussing what each document is. A Will is a...

Why Wills Are Essential

There is a lot of confusion about what happens legally when a person passes away.  Some common questions I hear are:  Do you need a Will?  What does a Will do?  Does a Will help you avoid probate?  What is probate?  Does the state get all of my assets? It is important...

Estate Planning Essentials

Estate planning is the process of planning for death or incapacity through documents such as Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills.  Estate planning is an essential task that all adults should do because it allows a person to have control over their...

TOP 10 QUESTIONS:  PROBATE

What is Probate? Probate is the legal process of distributing a person’s assets and paying off debts after that person passes away. How long is probate? Washington has one of the shortest and simplest probate processes in the country, and it typically only lasts 4-6...

TOP 10 QUESTIONS:  ESTATE PLANNING

What is Estate Planning? Estate planning is the process of planning for death or incapacity through documents such as Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills. What are the most important documents to have? The 3 mains documents everyone needs, no matter...

Tips for Choosing Beneficiaries

Choosing beneficiaries to receive significant sums of money from life insurance, pensions, IRAs, and others is an important decision. Here are some factors to consider when deciding who should be your beneficiaries: Choose someone you trust enough to give a...

Check out my Spotlight Interview on Thumbtack.com!

I’ve been interviewed on Thumbtack.com.  Here’s a link to the interview:  Estate Planning Attorney interview.   See below for information about me on Avvo.com. Lawyer Bryana Cross Bean | Featured Attorney Real Estate Lawyer Bryana Cross Bean | Featured...

Estate Planning 101

When many people think of Estate Planning, they think of either the elderly or the wealthy.  In fact, all people need Estate Planning.  “Estate” simply refers to anything you own or rent, any checking/savings accounts, etc., so everyone has an estate.  In...