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Recent News and Educational Resources from Reed Longyear

The Estate Planning Practice Group of Reed Longyear will be presenting a free webinar on Thursday, January 20, at 10am PT. The topics include:

  1. Professional Fiduciaries – who, what, why, and when to name them.
  2. New Electronic Wills Act and options for signing estate planning documents in general.
  3. Living Trusts and estate planning considerations.
  4. Beneficiary Designations – the Do’s, Don’ts, and Maybes.

The speakers at this webinar will be Attorneys Mary Anne Vance, Anton Cauthorn, Carla Calogero, Joshua Reinertson and Michael Longyear.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at the link below for more information: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iD9pKKMWTWW3sSbTz3GsRQ

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 […]

Estate Planning and Your Art Collection

If you are an art collector, it is critical for your estate plan to address your collection separately from other types of assets. Investments in artwork may be motivated in part by financial gain, but for most collectors the primary motivation is a passion for the art itself. As a result, managing these assets involves […]

A New State Capital Gains Tax

Earlier this year, Washington’s legislature passed Senate Bill 5096, which was signed by Governor Jay Inslee on May 4, 2021, and has since been codified under RCW 82.87. Starting on January 1, 2022, the new law imposes a 7% capital gains tax on annual federal long-term capital gains in excess of $250,000. The new tax […]

National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Estate planning is an often overlooked element of financial planning + wellness – it is estimated that 56% of Americans do not have an up-to-date estate plan. National Estate Planning Awareness Week was adopted in 2008 to help the public understand what estate planning is and why it is such a vital component of financial […]

Unsolicited Probate Advertisements

Heirs or beneficiaries of a probate estate may receive unsolicited mailings or other advertisements offering to provide cash advances, purchase property interests, or other services. Some advertisements use information gleaned from public court records or mimic formatting similar to official documents to persuade the public to contact the company and to lend the advertisement a […]