Legal Resources and Tips

Helping you protect your future through careful legal planning.


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...

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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...

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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...

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The Importance of Discussing Your Wishes with Loved Ones

I always tell my Estate Planning clients to discuss their wishes regarding incapacity and end of life with their loved ones.  Having documents such as Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives (Living Wills) are necessary, but they will only take you...

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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 this post, I...

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Additional Resources

A Few Other Resources We’ve Created for Our Customers

Critical Information List

A worksheet to list your different assets, debts, and important documents to help guide your family after you become incapacitated or pass away

Estate Planning Questionnaire

This is a worksheet to get you thinking about your estate plan.

Death Notification Checklist

A guide to walk you through what steps to take after a loved one passes away

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