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Standby Guardians

Posted Friday, August 9, 2013 by John S. Palmer
Washington has long required guardians to appoint a standby guardian within 90 days of their appointment. The duties of the standby guardian are generally twofold: to notify the court of the death or incapacity of the guardian, so that a new guardian can… More >

Changes to WA’s Vulnerable Adult Protection Laws

Posted Thursday, August 1, 2013 by John S. Palmer
Two amendments to the Vulnerable Adult Protection Act took effect on July 28, 2013. Both amendments deal with the gathering and sharing of confidential information acquired during any investigation into the alleged abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult… More >

Guardians and Healthcare Decision Making

Posted Friday, July 26, 2013 by John S. Palmer
The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously held that a guardian’s decision not to place her ward in a nursing home, based on a good-faith determination that the ward opposes such placement, cannot be the basis for a finding of neglect against the… More >

Oral Contracts to Devise

Posted Friday, July 19, 2013 by John S. Palmer
Washington law permits property to be devised by oral agreement. The doctrine is rarely invoked because of the difficulties inherent in proving an oral contract, particularly where one party to the alleged contract is deceased; however, if proven, an… More >

New WA Estate Tax Deduction for Family-Owned Businesses

Posted Thursday, July 11, 2013 by John S. Palmer
Washington will soon permit an estate tax deduction for certain family-owned business interests held by a decedent. Effective January 1, 2014, a deduction will be allowed for the value of a decedent’s qualified family-owned business interests, not… More >

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