You might think that your will is the final word on your Washington estate, however big or small it may be. You should do whatever you like with what you leave behind, and give whatever you want to whomever you wish to have it. That’s true, but it’s also not true.
Children's literature often includes stories involving strained relationships between children and stepmothers. Sadly that can be the reality for many people today as remarriages after a divorce or even after a prior widowing experience are far from uncommon. While certainly many stepfamilies create strong and positive bonds, the fact remains that special care should be taken when making estate plans for a remarriage.
The terminal illness or death of a parent can, needless to say, stir up a number of complex emotions. For one, there is the aspect of caring for a potentially incapacitated family member who may need extensive medical attention and care. Secondly, adult children may face the responsibility of finding a reliable Seattle nursing home to ensure all needs are met. Finally, there comes the often tricky topic of a parent's will. When it does not appear fair, how can siblings work out the issues?
In a time that is likely already sensitive, contention over an inheritance plan can make matters worse. A deceased loved one's arrangements may not please everyone, but there are often ways surviving family can meet in the financial middle. For Seattle residents in the midst of an inheritance dispute, some solutions may work better than others.
Most people in Washington State have likely encountered someone who has become disgruntled with a sibling over a parental inheritance. Such inheritance may have been documented in a will or a trust or the person may have died intestate, without such legal documentation. Either way, the resulting feud between family members can be expensive both emotionally and financially.
For some time now American society has shifted away from multiple generations of families living in close proximity to one another. Instead, it is more and more common for adult children and grandchildren to live far away from their parents or grandparents. If you are in this situation, you will know that this geographic disparity is one thing that may make it hard for you to make sure your parent or grandparent is safe at all times.
People in Washington who have heard about different forms of elder abuse should know that financial exploitation is one type of such abuse that many people fall prey to. Those people who may be most at risk of financial abuse tend to have few if any close relatives or friends. This makes it easier for another person to gain their trust in the guise of friendship that may really only be a means to obtaining their assets.
Seattle residents like you already have more than enough to deal with when a loved one passes. Unfortunately, matters of inheritance aren't always straightforward. If you feel like you have intentionally been left out of a will, or take issue with the way inheritance matters have been handled, Riach Gese Jacobs, PLLC, is here to aid your fight.
As you dive into matters of inheritance, you might find yourself dealing with more than you bargained for. For example, you could be dealing with the aftermath of a situation in which financial abuse has occurred. In Seattle, there are laws against the acts that could fall under this category. But what exactly financial abuse?
As a Seattle resident who has recently lost a relative, you could face more hurdles than you're prepared for. Among those potential problems is the issue of undue influence, which can be more than just a small hurdle when it comes to dealing with matters of the estate.