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Options for Disposition of Remains in Washington

During the estate planning process, one of the most difficult decisions for our clients is deciding what to do with their body after death. Thankfully, Washington law is progressive and now offers many options for consumers: Burial, Cremation, Composting, and Liquification. BURIAL, CREMATION, COMPOSTING AND LIQUIFICATION The most common methods for disposing of a body […]

Letters of Instruction to Your Fiduciaries

One of the most helpful things a principal completing an estate plan can do for their nominated agents or fiduciaries is to draft a Letter of Instruction (LOI) to provide additional context for their intentions. Like following a recipe with illustrations, a principal not only helps ensure their intent is carried out but also can […]

Real Property, Probate & Trust Law March Section Meeting

King County Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Law monthly section meeting at noon on Wednesday March 2, 2022. This month’s program is a panel presentation and discussion by Attorney Lisa E. Schaures on changes to the Washington state Non-profit Corporation Act and updates on planned-giving by Janell Johnson of Phila Engaged Giving.  Reed Longyear […]

2022 Reed Longyear Estate Planning Seminar

For anyone who missed our seminar (or for those who just want to re-watch!), please enjoy this recording of the 2022 Estate Planning Seminar hosted by Reed Longyear Malnati Corwin & Burnett, PLLC’s Estate Planning & Trust Administration team.

2022 Reed Longyear Estate Planning Seminar

The Estate Planning Practice Group of Reed Longyear will be presenting a free webinar on Thursday, January 20, at 10am PT. The topics include: Professional Fiduciaries – who, what, why, and when to name them. New Electronic Wills Act and options for signing estate planning documents in general. Living Trusts and estate planning considerations. Beneficiary Designations […]

Happy Holidays from Reed Longyear!

The challenges of 2021 were significant, and we all became accustomed to seeing each other through screens. Here is a collection of photos of our attorneys and staff doing something we enjoyed this year. We look forward to a safe and healthy new year. 

King County Bar Association: 17th Annual Probate Administration Seminar

The KCBA hosted it’s annual Probate Administration seminar on November 19th, 2021. Reed Longyear attorneys were well represented at this event, with Attorney Michael Longyear serving as a program chair, and Attorneys Mary Anne Vance, Jason Burnett and Anton Cauthorn attending as event speakers. Attorney Mary Anne Vance gave a presentation on “Marshalling Assets and […]

Attorney Williams Presents at NWFBA Town Hall

Reed Longyear attorney Noah Williams presented on the panel for the Northwest Family Business Advisors regarding “The Slippery Slope of Bringing Business Back to Work.” Attorney Williams specifically addressed legal and compliance issues surrounding recently issued COVID-19 guidelines for employers. The virtual event was held on Wednesday November 17th, with the goal of helping family […]

Alternate Valuation Dates

An alternate valuation date can reduce estate tax liability. If you have money invested in the stock market, you are well aware of potential volatility. Needless to say, this volatility can affect your net worth, thus affecting your lifestyle. Something you might not think about is the potential effect on your estate tax liability. Specifically, […]

Contingent Beneficiaries in Your Estate Planning

Although your Will or Revocable Trust governs the distribution of many or most of your assets, certain assets — such as retirement plans, insurance policies, and bank or brokerage accounts — require you to name a beneficiary. This can be an advantage, because when you die the funds can pass directly to your beneficiary without […]