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Financial exploitation is common with the elderly

Do you worry that someone used undue influence to exploit your elderly loved one and got them to change their will? Undue influence is often just a type of manipulation. The person convinces the elderly person that they want to change their will and pressures them into doing so.

You may not get that inheritance you expect

Do you think you're going to get an inheritance from your parents when they pass away? If so, you are in the majority. Studies have found that about 68% of young people think that they will get one -- often containing money and physical assets, like a house -- at some point in their lives.

The emotional toll of an estate dispute

People who want to start an estate dispute often just think about the legal and financial side of the case. Can they afford it? Do they have grounds to challenge the will? Do they have reason to believe it's unfair or inaccurate? How can they prove that they are correct if other heirs counter their claims?

Seeking guardianship in Washington

One of the sad realities of life is that as people age, their bodies undoubtedly deteriorate. A deterioration in their mental capacity may also accompany that of their physical functions. If this is happening to one that you love, you may be concerned about their ability to take care of both themselves and their personal matters. Many with such concerns come to us here at Riach Gese Jacobs PLLC wondering if there is anything they can do to help ensure that such an aging and ailing individual is taken care of. One way to do so is to seek guardianship.

The value of creating an estate plan before it is too late

When people pass away without an estate plan in Seattle, their family has a two-edged sword to manage. First, they are dealing with the grief and deep emotions of losing someone they loved. Second, they are working through mounds of loose ends to finalize the affairs of their deceased family member. The effort of people to prepare for death by establishing an estate plan long before they anticipate needing one can make a tremendous difference in the pressure and tension their surviving family members may feel later on. 

Estate planning basics

Everyone in Washington State knows that mortality is real and someday they will die. Despite this fact, a great many people still have not taken the steps to create an estate plan. For some, this might be out of a fear of facing their humanity as people are often raised to fear death. For others, the avoidance of making an estate plan can be due to a lack of knowledge about where to start. This is understandable as there are many options when it comes to making a good estate plan.

Options for keeping your will up-to-date

Residents in Washington State who have gone through the process of creating a thorough estate plan do not generally eagerly await the opportunity to do it again. This can be a very time-consuming experience and an emotional one as some very important decisions should be made and conversations should be had. However, the fact of the matter is that any estate plan should be kept updated as life changes often dictate this.

Revoking a will in Washington

People in Seattle are encouraged to create an estate plan early on in their adult lives. At the same time, they are also told to revisit that plan as their circumstances change. Often, you may find yourself party to an estate whose terms (at least those stipulated in what is perceived to be your family member or friend's will) run contrary to what the decedent told you directly. In such a case, there may be an updated will indicating those wishes. When faced with this scenario, many have come to us here at Riach Gese Jacobs PLLC asking whether or not their loved one's initial will was sufficiently revoked. 

Removing an executor from their role

When you are party to an estate in Seattle, it may be easy to feel as though you have little control over your interests. At first glance, it may appear that you indeed do not given that it is the estate executor who handles its administration. Yet your interests must be managed exactly in the manner that the settlor specified in their will. This means that the executor essentially works for you and the estate's other beneficiaries. Many in your same position have come to us here at Riach Gese Jacobs PLLC in the past worried that the estates controlling their interests were being poorly managed. If you share the same concern, you may be happy to learn that you may be able to have an executor removed from their role. 

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