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January 2012 Archives

Etta James' family resolves power of attorney dispute

Yes, issues of estate planning may not be every family's favorite topic of discussion, but residents in the Seattle area would be wise not to push to the wayside important decisions regarding wills, trusts, long-term care planning, power of attorney and other estate planning issues. To help expedite the process, a discussion of a celebrity's particular estate plan can often ease the discomfort some family members feel with regard to end-of-life wishes.

New changes in Washington law affect trustees and beneficiaries

Readers in the Seattle area will be interested to hear of recent changes to the law regarding the rights of trust beneficiaries and the duties of trustees. The changes are meant to clarify several specific matters. The new law specifies what information must be given by a trustee to a beneficiary, determines when exactly a statute of limitations starts and increases the statutory duties of trustees.

Estate planning for Seattle residents in the digital age

Before the Internet, when a person passed away, an estate-planning attorney might come to the family's house, review the relevant paperwork, and keep an eye out for any bills that might arrive in the mail. But now that many people in Seattle do their financial business, including the filing of taxes, online, estate planning may be more complicated now than it ever was.

Estate plan checkup for 2012: guardianships and power of attorney

Estate planning can sometimes require us to consider unpleasant but nonetheless probable aspects of our future. Many Washington residents no doubt procrastinate in deciding on matters of guardianship or powers of attorney. Plus, there may be a bit of a selfish strain running through much of our procrastination, since the ones who most benefit from a solid estate plan will do so after we're gone. But these are important issues to consider, and the basic goal of all estate planning is to provide for one's own needs, as well as for the needs of loved ones. To achieve this double outcome, estate planners in Seattle and the surrounding areas will want to give their estate plan a 2012 checkup.

Issues to consider when establishing a trust

Now that 2011 has come to a close, many readers in Washington are looking for ways to plan through 2012 and beyond. When it comes to making estate-planning decisions, individuals will want to ask some important questions and search out the best methods for ensuring the protection of assets for all parties involved. Establishing a trust is one popular way of protecting assets.

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To speak with an attorney at Gellner Law Group about estate planning, probate, trusts, wills or tax controversy, contact our law office in Kent, Washington, today. You can call 425-336-2908 or send us an email. We provide representation across the entire Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area.

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