As Kent readers may know from previous discussions, estate planning for same-sex couples in Washington requires considerations above and beyond those necessary to effectuate the wishes of opposite-sex couples. The suggestion that everyone consider implementing a simple and effective estate plan regardless of wealth holds even more truth for same-sex partners. Fortunately, even though state law does not afford same-sex partners the same default benefits that it grants to opposite-sex couples, an experienced estate planning professional can help with a few easy steps that can go a long way toward ensuring the well being of same-sex families.
Many of our Kent readers may be parents or know parents of a child with special needs. Those who tuned in to a recent discussion about the difficult but important choice to establish guardianship for a vulnerable child transitioning into adulthood will also want to learn more about the value of a special needs trust in providing for a child's ongoing needs.