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POLST Form Updated

Posted Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by John S. Palmer
Washington’s Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (aka the “POLST” form) was updated last month, in part to clarify that it does not replace a health care directive or living will. The POLST form has two primary purposes: to convert a… More >

Transfer on Death Deeds

Posted Friday, May 23, 2014 by John S. Palmer
The Washington Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act was signed into law in March and takes effect June 12. The Act permits an individual to transfer real property to one or more designated beneficiaries automatically upon the transferor’s… More >

Financial Exploitation Case to be Published

Posted Thursday, May 22, 2014 by John S. Palmer
On May 14, 2014, the Court of Appeals granted a motion to publish the court’s recent opinion holding that stealing drugs from a vulnerable adult for self-destructive purposes falls within the definition of “financial exploitation” under the Abuse of… More >

Update on the “one rollover per year” rule for IRAs

Posted Friday, April 25, 2014 by John S. Palmer
In January, the Tax Court issued its decision in Bobrow v. Commissioner, holding that the tax code permits a taxpayer to make one tax-free IRA rollover per year, regardless of how many IRAs he or she owns. (I summarized the decision here.) This set off… More >

Inherited IRAs and Bankruptcy-update

Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 by John S. Palmer
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in the case of Clark v. Rameker. At issue is whether inherited IRAs meet the definition of “retirement funds” under the bankruptcy code and therefore enjoy the same protection from creditors as other… More >

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