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Pending Legislation Could Impact Parental Rights

From time to time, the state legislature makes changes to the laws regarding parenting plans (RCW 26.09). In 2019 and 2020, two bills were introduced that would have a big impact on decision-making, residential time, modification of parenting plans, and dispute resolution. It is not certain that the legislature will take these bills up again […]

Including your Frequent Flyer Miles in your Estate Plan and your Divorce

The first thing that pops into most minds when starting estate planning or a divorce is “Who gets the house, car, bank account, 401(k), dog, etc.” But not all the valuable assets in an estate are so obvious. Case in point, frequent flyer miles. The Hidden Value For Your Beneficiaries The value of frequent flyer […]

Top Apps for Working Remotely with Your Divorce Attorney

Long before the Coronavirus required people to stay at home, clients frequently communicated with their divorce attorney via phone and email. New social distancing measures, however, have shined an increasingly brighter spotlight on the role of technology in navigating your divorce. The following is a list of key programs and apps that will you help […]

COVID19 and Your Health Care Directive

While the risk of ending up on a ventilator from coronavirus is fairly low for most people, this article in the Seattle Times highlights the importance of considering what kind of life sustaining treatment you would want if you were facing dire circumstances. A properly crafted Health Care Directive gives your health care providers and […]

Supreme Court Victory: Spousal Inheritance Rights After a Separation Agreement

We want to congratulate Attorney Jason Burnett of Reed Longyear, who recently had success representing his client in a case that went to the Washington Supreme Court and resolved an unsettled area of law in Washington relating to death and inheritance during a divorce.  The case was Petelle v. Ersfeld-Petelle and determined that some separation […]

Safe Start Washington – A Brief Guide for Businesses

For the past few months, domestic economy has come to a halt due to wide-sweeping shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders across the United States, including Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order issued March 23, 2020. The good news is that the mandatory social distancing and prohibitions have been effective in flattening the curve and preventing […]

Signing Estate Planning Documents While Social Distancing

What are your Options? Electronic signatures? In person signings? Car signings? For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of completing an estate plan to ensure we are prepared for the worst while hoping for the best.  The risk of illness may be a reminder that it’s time to draft a will or a […]

The CARES Act and Your Divorce

The CARES Act makes it easier to tap retirement assets for financially-strapped families during their divorce. Divorcing spouses often face financial belt-tightening measures as they temporarily figure out how to support two households. Money worries are even worse right now thanks to coronavirus-related business shut-downs. People are being furloughed, losing hours, getting laid off, or […]

10 Ways to Move Your Divorce Forward During the COVID19 Pandemic

The interruption of daily life is presenting an enormous challenge for spouses who are currently in the middle of a divorce or who are contemplating filing for divorce. If we ignore for a moment the interruption of court activities, I can’t think of any other time in history where we have been consumed by so […]

Estate Planning Self-Help in Uncertain Times: A Note From Mary Anne Vance

In times of uncertainty or distress, I focus on the things I can control, like what I’ll make for dinner or when will I take a walk. Having some sense of control stabilizes me.  During the past two weeks I have talked with many clients about ways they can confirm their control of their advance […]