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Proposed Changes to Washington’s Trust Statutes

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by John S. Palmer
Various changes to the statutes governing both revocable and irrevocable trusts in Washington are currently being considered by the Legislative Committee of the Washington State Bar Association for submission to the state legislature. Among the changes… More >

New Case Re: POD Accounts

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2012 by John S. Palmer
Payable-on-death (POD) accounts are payable upon the depositor’s death to one or more designated beneficiaries and are a common way to dispose of property after death. The Washington Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion clarifying the procedure… More >

Will Clinic for Police and Firefighters-October 13

Posted Friday, September 7, 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). Clinics will be… More >

VA and SS Benefits Lose Creditor Protection at Death

Posted Friday, September 7, 2012 by John S. Palmer
The Washington Court of Appeals has ruled that the protection afforded Social Security and Veterans Benefits from creditors during a beneficiary’s life is lost when the beneficiary dies. The case involved a claim asserted by the Washington Department of… More >

DOMA Update

Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by John S. Palmer
Recently there have been two major developments in the fight over whether the definition of “marriage” contained in the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is constitutional. Section 3 of DOMA excludes same-sex couples from the definition of… More >

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