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Anatomical Gifts and Estate Planning

Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by John S. Palmer
There are 2 statutes that come into play with respect to anatomical gifts in the estate planning context. Washington has adopted the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. RCW 68.64.030 states that an anatomical gift may be made during the donor’s life by “an… More >

Professional Guardian Disciplinary Procedure Survives Constitutional Challenge

Posted Monday, September 8, 2014 by John S. Palmer
The Washington Supreme Court has upheld the procedure established for sanctioning misconduct by certified professional guardians (CPGs). Last month the justices unanimously rejected claims by guardian Lori Petersen that the powers held by the Certified… More >

Finding a Professional Guardian

Posted Friday, August 29, 2014 by John S. Palmer
In my guardianship practice, I occasionally have clients who have waited months, even years, to seek a guardian for an incapacitated loved one because there was no friend or family member willing and able to fill that role. While appointing a… More >

Collecting a Debt After the Debtor Dies

Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by John S. Palmer
Asserting a claim against a decedent’s estate can be complicated. That is because a claimant must be aware of both the statute of limitations and statutes that control how claims against an estate must be handled. Washington’s general statute of… More >

Seattle Times Wants Estate Tax Reform, Draws Fire

Posted Monday, August 18, 2014 by John S. Palmer
A local political reporter is asking the Seattle Times to retract an editorial calling for estate tax reform, dubbing it “quite possibly the most dishonest Seattle Times editorial ever.” The editorial, published August 14, claims the recent sale of 12.5… More >

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