News from the Desk: 2nd Quarter, 2023

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Welcome to spring and the first edition of our new quarterly newsletter! 

Sherry has been busy! Her recent article, “What you need to know about Washington state’s estate tax,” published in the Puget Sound Business Journal, outlines how the Washington estate tax impacts Washingtonians as well as unravels the curious question as to why the estate tax exclusion amount has been frozen since 2018. The Washington estate tax impacts many homeowners in the Puget Sound area since home values have increased considerably since 2018, but the estate tax threshold has not budged. Please read Sherry’s article to find out more about what’s causing this problem. 

Do wills have to be written and signed on paper? Not anymore. On March 28th, Sherry presented on how the Uniform Electronic Wills Act will change will creation in Washington state for the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMA). You can read more about this new Act here.

On March 25th, our office enjoyed a fun meal at Mkt. in Seattle’s Tangletown neighborhood. Since we are virtual, we always welcome the rare opportunities we have to see each other in person for good conversation and comfort food!

I hope, as the weather warms up, you have a chance to get out and enjoy the flowers blooming.

As always, I would love to hear your questions and comments. If you have any questions about our firm and the work we do, please contact us or visit our website.  

Recent Updates from Our Blog

The Design Phase

In this blog post, Stacey discusses pending Illinois litigation concerning Henry Darger, a prolific artist unknown during his lifetime. Darger passed away without a will, leaving his distant relatives and landlords to battle over the rights to his works.

The Construction Phase 

As a follow up to her “Design Phase” article, Stacey continues her kitchen remodel metaphor through the estate planning construction phase.

Digging into Digital Assets: Estate Planning for the Cloud

In our ever-online world, Sherry delves into considerations for your estate plan in dealing with your ever-growing personal digital archive. Who will sort through all of that when you die?

What is a Probate Guardian ad Litem? Part 1

In part 1 of this two-part blog series, Stacey uses a hypothetical to explain what a probate guardian ad litem is and when it may be necessary to appoint one in an intestate probate proceeding.

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