Keep Your Vacation Home Out of Ancillary Probate

It's the middle of summer, and families all across the Washington region are looking for ways to beat the heat. Does your family love to escape at the beach? What about a cool mountain retreat? Maybe you like to take a week every summer to visit friends or family up north. Wherever you travel, we know that finding comfortable, affordable accommodations can be a struggle. That’s why more and more Washingtonians are Read More

Providing For Your Pet After You Pass – Using a Pet Estate

Whatever your reaction to pet estate planning, I know that you adore your pet. In fact, statistics show that you feel even more strongly than that. In a recent poll, 9 out of 10 people said that their pet was considered a member of the family. But, have you considered what will happen to your pet after you’re gone? Take a look at the graphic we created this week about pet estate planning. It provides a quick Read More

Facing a Dementia Diagnosis? Take These Legal Steps to Protect You and Your Family

A dementia diagnosis is scary. You and your loved ones may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious about what lies ahead. The period after receiving a dementia diagnosis is time best spent with family and friends. However, you may also be worried about what lies ahead for your loved ones and for yourself. To alleviate some worry, and to ensure that both you and your loved ones are protected, there are some legal steps you Read More

This Summer, Introduce Your College Kid to the World of “Adulting”

You may have already noticed the changes: your college kid is home for the summer with a new perspective, new friends, new interests, and maybe even a new sense of being an “adult.” He or she is taking on more responsibility and is demanding to be treated accordingly. This can be a thrilling -- albeit, terrifying -- time of shifting relationships. While your college kid may still want you to make them breakfast (and Read More

Treat Your Mom this Mother’s Day (and Invest a Little in Yourself, Too!)

Have you already bought your mom something special for Mother’s Day? If you are behind on your shopping, don’t panic! There is still time to get her something thoughtful, meaningful, and memorable. Sure, it’s not the first thing people think of when they think “Mom,” but it is incredibly important. We’re talking about creating a plan. A plan for if Mom gets ill or becomes incapacitated as she gets older. A plan Read More

Planning for Passing: There is End-of-Life Support Available

Death is never an easy subject. However, it is an important topic that touches each and every person. So why is it so hard to talk about? For many of us, death is not a part of our daily lives. In fact, we tend to go out of our ways to remove ourselves from death altogether. The result? This distance can build fear, anxiety, and a lot of mystery around the concept of dying. What is End-of-Life Planning? End-of-life Read More

What Happens to Your Student Loans When You Die?

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you know that student loans are bigger and more common than ever before. There is currently over $1.45 trillion in outstanding student loan debt in the United States, and 42 million Americans have some amount of student loan debt (the average borrower owes over $30,000). Despite student loans being incredibly common, there is still a lot student loan borrowers don’t know Read More

Spring is in the Air! There’s No Better Time to Clear Out Your To Do List

Spring is a time of renewal, new growth, and possibility. Although many of us experience a burst of energy as the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer, it often doesn’t last long. In just a few weeks, our lives will begin to bustle with summertime preparations and an ever-growing To Do list. So, how can we make the most of the calm before the storm? Clear out those lingering tasks that have been sitting on Read More

Your Digital Footprint: 5 Steps to Managing the Virtual Afterlife

1. Assessing Your Impact: What’s Included in Your Digital Footprint? You may not realize this, but throughout your lifetime, you have been making an imprint on the virtual world. When you pass, your digital footprint will remain behind. What’s included in your digital footprint? Personal correspondence (emails, text messages, etc.) File and documents (both on your devices and in the cloud) Read More

A Clear and Compassionate Plan Can Help Avoid Hurt

On March 4, 2019, America lost one of its favorite heartthrobs. Luke Perry (Coy Luther Perry, III) passed away after a tragic and unexpected illness. At the age of 52, he suffered a stroke, was hospitalized, and five days later, when it was clear he would not recover, his family made the decision to remove life support. In this devastating time, it seems that Luke Perry’s family was able to take swift and decisive Read More