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What happens to Washington pets when they outlive their owners?

King County pet lovers may take interest in the "Puppies in Probate" pet guardian program established by the Seattle Humane Society. The program affords pet owners the peace of mind of knowing that their furry friends will be placed in a welcoming home if they outlive their human caretakers.

Celebrity illustrates the benefits of guardianship

Many readers in the Seattle area have enjoyed the music of Britney Spears over the years. Many, too, have heard reports of the singer's life spiraling out of control in events that led her father to petition for legal guardianship of the singer's person and estate. Most often, when Washington residents petition for guardianship, they are seeking legal authority to intervene and provide care for a loved one who needs help getting through a difficult time due to incapacity.

How to account for uncertainties in estate planning?

Many Washington residents in the Kent area may feel confident about their current estate plan. But to ensure that the assets included in a family inheritance are protected, there may be certain modifications that are necessary for an estate plan to remain a strong one.

Laws regarding IRA transfers may change for Washington residents

Residents in the Seattle area who are concerned with matters of estate planning may have been following recent news reports regarding inherited individual retirement accounts. Max Baucus, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman, has proposed tougher requirements on IRA transfers to beneficiaries, although he said he would hold back for now on an effort to change the laws regarding inheritance.

House votes to repeal long-term care program, Senate uncertain

Washington residents may be aware of the crisis in long-term care insurance. U.S. legislators have been debating over how to address the problem, since about 10 million Americans currently need long-term care, and 15 million Americans are expected to need long-term care by 2020. Despite those staggering numbers, only 8 percent of U.S. citizens purchase private long-term care insurance.

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