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Free Estate Planning for Police and Other First Responders-September 13

Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014 by John S. Palmer
The First Responder Will Clinic provides basic estate planning documents— wills, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives— for free to Washington police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders (and their spouses or registered… More >

Enforcing Foreign Decrees

Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 by John S. Palmer
The Washington Supreme Court has found a Japanese divorce decree to be a valid foreign judgment under the common law doctrine of comity, which gives courts the discretion to recognize orders entered in another country if the foreign proceeding was fair… More >

Thoughts on TOD Deeds

Posted Thursday, July 17, 2014 by John S. Palmer
Since the law permitting transfer-on-death deeds in Washington took effect June 12, there has been a lot of chatter among estate planning attorneys here as to their appropriate use. Washington joins 23 other states and the District of Columbia that… More >

New Estate Tax Regulations

Posted Monday, July 14, 2014 by John S. Palmer
Changes to Washington’s estate tax regulations are set to take effect later this month. They were filed by the Department of Revenue in late June and will become effective July 28. The changes include a controversial new definition of the term… More >

Guardianship and Testamentary Capacity

Posted Monday, June 30, 2014 by John S. Palmer
The findings of incapacity needed to support the appointment of a guardian do not necessarily mean that a person also lacks the ability to make or revoke a will. That’s because of the different standards involved in determining capacity with respect to… More >

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