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Recent News and Educational Resources from Reed Longyear

Employers and Employees alike should remember that the minimum wage has increased significantly in this new year to $12.00/HR state wide and $16.00/HR in Seattle.

Please check the following link for further details: https://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/Wages/Minimum/.

If either the Employer or the Employee believes there is an error or underpayment, acting quickly to correct such errors are key. Please consult with your legal counsel on the best ways to correct errors– whether inadvertent or otherwise.

Check out this informative article in the New York Times regarding the rise of ultra-wealthy familial disputes over unequal trust and estate disbursement. These costly and destructive courtroom battles are becoming increasingly common, and not just for the super rich. “It doesn’t matter the amount of wealth,” says Amanda K. DiChello, a trusts and estates lawyer at Cozen O’Connor’s, “There are plenty of cases where people will fight over $500,000 or $300,000.” If you wish to avoid such contentious litigation matters, please contact any of our trust and estate planning attorneys at Reed Longyear and they can help guide both you and your family through the process with ease.

Death With Dignity & Estate Planning:By Victoria Langley

https://lawyers.usnews.com/legal-advice/death-with-dignity-laws/87 Physician-assisted death, also known as death with dignity, is a controversial end-of-life measure. Not sure if this is the right option for you and your loved ones? Questions regarding its legality here in Washington State? Read the following article by Victoria Langley in US News which may help clarify your questions. Quoted in the article are our very own […]

There are few absolutes in the world of divorce, but the unbending nature of the obligation to make court-ordered child support and spousal maintenance payments is one of them. The failure to do so can have calamitous consequences, including the possibility of jail time, a requirement to pay your ex-spouse’s attorney’s fees, garnishment of future pay and liens on assets, and revocation of your right to travel out of the country.

If you are one of the many who is experiencing a loss of income due to the government shutdown and you have support obligations, what are your options?

First, the worst thing to do is simply stop paying. You will begin amassing arrearages, which will accumulate interest at 12% APR. In addition, it makes it impossible for your ex-spouse to plan how to meet the financial needs of the children who are, after all, your children, too.

Instead, if you have decent communication with your ex-spouse, explore whether the two of you can work together to agree on a payment plan through which you will pay what you can, while deferring part of your payments until your income resumes. If you come to an agreement, work with an attorney to memorialize it in an agreed order, signed by the court. This is important, because it is the only way to officially relieve you of your responsibilities. An email exchange or mere oral agreement will not change your obligation.

If you and your spouse are unable to co-operatively work things out, have your attorney contact your ex-spouse’s attorney, or meet jointly with a mediator to work out a temporary fix which best addresses the needs of all those involved.

If it becomes clear that you will be without income for a significant period, consult an attorney about the need to modify your support obligation and the process for doing this. It is important that you not put off initiating this process for too long, since getting a reduction extending back retroactively prior to the date on which the request for modification was filed with the court is extremely unlikely.

This government shutdown is causing suffering to many people. But with a careful and thoughtful process, you can minimize the pain both to yourself and to those to whom you owe an obligation of support.

Mary Anne Vance’s 2019 Upcoming Presentations:

January 23, 2019 (10 AM – Noon) – Free client seminar: “What’s New in Estate Planning – Trusts, Probate, & End-of-Life Planning.” Presented by attorneys: Mary Anne Vance, Carla Calogero and Anton Cauthorn.

Location: Reed Longyear Malnati and Ahrens, Norton Building conference room (2nd floor), 801 2nd Ave., Seattle 98104.

RSVP via email to mvance@reedlongyearlaw.com or call (206) 624-6271

March 28, 2019 – King County Bar Association,  Continuing Legal Education, “Bridging the Gap: Wills and Trusts.” Presented by attorneys: Mary Anne Vance and Anton Cauthorn

Registration and payment required for attendance. Contact: Chrisd@KCBA.org.

April 19, 2019 – King County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, “Personal Estate Planning for the 99% – Ethical Considerations in Estate Planning.” Presented by attorney: Mary Anne Vance.

Registration and payment required for attendance. Contact: Chrisd@KCBA.org.

Planning your families’ finances is a daunting task – planning with a special needs child compounds the process greatly. An informative article by the New York Times lends both insight and compassion to this issue. Let our Estate Planning attorneys here at Reed Longyear shoulder some of the financial burden so that you may enjoy every moment spent together with your loved ones!

As we give thanks this season, we want to express our appreciation to you.

May your upcoming year be full of good health, happiness and success.

From everyone at Reed Longyear Malnati Ahrens, we extend our warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year.