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Divorced Parent’s Rights re: Estate of Ex-Spouse

Posted Monday, November 5, 2012 by John S. Palmer
The parent of a minor child has broad rights to intervene in the estate of a deceased former spouse on behalf of the child, according to a new ruling by the Washington Court of Appeals. The case involved a daughter born in 2002 to a US Navy officer who… More >

The “Committed Intimate Relationship” Doctrine

Posted Friday, October 12, 2012 by John S. Palmer
The Washington Court of Appeals has held that an unmarried partner seeking an equitable division of property acquired during a “committed, intimate relationship” must bring a claim against the other partner within 3 years of the end of the relationship… More >

Undue Influence: No Harm, No Foul?

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by John S. Palmer
In a family dispute over farmland in Yakima County, the Washington Court of Appeals has ruled that two sisters failed to prove their brothers had obtained the property from their mother by undue influence, in part because the mother actually benefited… More >

A Heartbreaking Case…

Posted Monday, October 8, 2012 by John S. Palmer
…that speaks to the benefit of estate planning even when the individual is young and healthy. On October 5th, an appellate court in New York ruled that Grace SungEun Lee, 28, who is suffering from brain cancer and is being kept alive by a ventilator, had… More >

Hardship Medicaid Waivers for Same-Sex Couples

Posted Sunday, October 7, 2012 by John S. Palmer
A proposal to permit granting hardship waivers to Medicaid applicants, who are ineligible for benefits due to a transfer of assets to a registered domestic partner or same-sex spouse, is currently being considered by the Washington Department of Social… More >

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