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2019: A fresh year, a fresh estate plan

Residents in Washington State who have established estate plans in place might feel that they have done their work in this area and no longer need to be concerned about this part of their lives. While certainly, it is better to have a plan than to not have one at all, every estate plan is in need of review on occasion. The start of a new calendar year can be a great time to do just this.

Special needs planning considerations

If you have a son or daughter in Washington State with special needs, you know that there can be many additional costs and logistics associated with caring for them than with a child who does not have such needs. While you no doubt put a lot of time and effort into caring for your child today, you should also put time and effort into providing for their care after you die. There are a variety of considerations you should factor in when choosing how to do this.

Do I need to document my online logins?

If you are like many people in Washington State who have created a will or a trust several years ago, you might have focused on traditional elements like who will inherit your home and who will be the executor of your estate or the trustee of your trust. Depending on how long ago you created your estate plan, you may not have given much, if any, thought to online logins and accounts. Now is the time to review and include these elements in your plan.

Who needs to talk about estate plans?

If you are one of the many people in Washington State who has not only created but regularly maintained and updated your estate plan, you should feel quite good about this. It can provide great peace of mind knowing that you have your affairs in order. However, have you also taken the time and made the effort to discuss your plan with your family members? If you have not done this, your estate and your family could be headed for trouble you would not want to imagine.

A quick ook at the probate process

When friends or loved ones pass away, they may leave a will designating where they would like their property to go after their death. Once someone passes, the property and assets amassed during their life is distributed to the beneficiaries named in the will. The estate administrator named in the will is appointed to ensure the estate is distributed according to the deceased’s wishes. In some cases, however, the deceased may not name an estate administrator or there may not be a will at all. At this point, the friends or family of the deceased may decide to put the estate through the probate process.

Elder financial abuse and estate plans

If you have an aging parent in Washington State, you may well have to be making plans to help ensure they are properly cared for. This care can include many things from activities of daily living to ensuring their affairs are in good order. Even a relatively healthy parent should have a solid estate plan in place and review it regularly. This can help you and other heirs when they do eventually die. 

Do you believe will changes were a result of undue influence?

Losing a loved one is never easy. However, certain situations can make it even more emotionally difficult to deal with such a loss. Shocking changes to a last will or an estate plan are a perfect example of complicating factors that can make grief even harder to process.

Tips for selecting a guardian for your children

One of the last things that a parent in Washington State wants to imagine is not being there to raise their children. While statistically, most parents will live to see their kids graduate high school and go into their adulthood, there are plenty of situations in which this does not happen. Whether due to an accident or an illness, some of the time parents will die while their children are still young. If both parents die prematurely, it is then important that they had previously outlined who would raise their children on their behalf.

What is and is not included in probate

Many people in Washington State often find the process of probate confusing. This is true of people who are trying to make their own estate plans as well as it is of people who may be beneficiaries of another person's estate. Probate is a legal process but it is important to know that not every assets must pass through this process. Knowing the scope of probate can help people make decisions that are right for their estates and beneficiaries.

What happens to debt when I die?

If you are thinking about creating a will or a trust or maybe updating your existing estate plan in Washington State, you may initially be focused on what should happen to your assets. Certainly, outlining your wishes for who will receive what from your estate is an important and very personal part of such a plan but it is only one component. Thinking about the debt you have and what will happen to that should also be on your list. 

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