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“Defunct” relationships

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by John S. Palmer
The date a relationship ends can be an important question bearing on how a court will divide property. While assets acquired during a marriage or registered domestic partnership are presumed to be community property, RCW 26.16.140 states that when… More >

Foreign Divorce Decrees

Posted Monday, November 26, 2012 by John S. Palmer
A divorce decree or custody order entered in another country is not necessarily enforceable in Washington. Whether a court here will enforce a foreign court order depends to a great extent upon the circumstances under which the foreign order was… More >

Cohabitation Agreements

Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by John S. Palmer
The law governing prenuptial agreements also applies to unmarried couples in “committed intimate relationships.” As discussed in this prior blog post, Washington does not recognize common-law marriage, but under the “committed intimate relationship”… More >

Prenuptial Agreements

Posted Monday, November 12, 2012 by John S. Palmer
While Washington law presumes that all property acquired during marriage or registered domestic partnership is community property, most people know that this presumption may be altered by entering into an agreement dictating whether property is separate… More >

Will Clinic for Police and Firefighters-December 1

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2012 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 and firefighters (and their spouses or registered domestic partners). The next clinic… More >

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