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How can Kent residents stretch out an inherited IRA?

Readers in the Seattle area who anticipate inheriting a loved one's individual retirement account may want to take note of some frequently disregarded considerations that can have serious inheritance tax consequences. As long as taxpaying beneficiaries act quickly and avoid some common mistakes, certain opportunities are available to increase the long-term value of an inherited IRA and avoid double taxation.

Iconic journalist's passing a reminder to plan for long term care

Seattle residents may remember Mike Wallace as the 60 Minutes news correspondent who commanded America's attention on some of the nation's most important stories over the course of a 60-year career. The venerable journalist's recent death at 93 years of age tells a story once again, and serves as a reminder of the importance of long term care planning.

Death sentence for pets not a good estate planning option

Readers in King County may recall a previous post on this blog discussing estate planning options that provide for pets who outlive their owners. A recent court decision regarding a woman's will highlights the importance of thoughtful estate planning to avoid leaving pets stranded in the complexity of the probate process.

Clear health care directives can help doctors in conflict

Last week's post, "Estate plans for King County's changing needs," reminded readers in the Seattle area about the importance of long-term care planning as American life expectancy continues to increase. A recent study about conflicting attitudes among doctors regarding end-of-life care further illustrates the importance of thoughtful and comprehensive estate planning as it relates to carrying out end-of-life wishes.

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