News from the Desk: December 2021

By December 14, 2021 No Comments

Happy holidays! We hope this time of year brings you peace and joy in whatever way you celebrate.

Sherry and I virtually attended the December 8 Estate Planning Council of Seattle’s quarterly dinner, where we heard from author, professor and speaker Dorothy A. Brown on an important and timely topic: “The Whiteness of Wealth.” Ms. Brown is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University and an advocate for economic and social justice. She is also an accomplished author, her most recent book being The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans and How We Can Fix It.

I am looking forward to again serving as the emcee at the virtual Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Best of CLE (Continuing Legal Education) program on December 15 and 16. If you’re an attorney who needs a few more continuing legal education credits, please join us to discuss important topics such as The Role of the Lawyer as [Contract] Drafter and Negotiator and Navigating the Legal Landscape for Multi-State Employers. Click here to register!

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.

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A Ruff Decision: The Legal Status of Pets in Divorce and Estate Planning

Seattle is known for having more dogs per capita than children. But what happens to the fur babies when a couple divorces? Sherry uses a recent court case to explain how pets are treated differently in an estate planning context as opposed to a divorce.

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Estate Planning for Pets – A Personal Perspective

Speaking of pets in estate planning, Stacey uses her own personal experience to show how estate planning for your pets might work in real life.

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Update or Sell As Is

Often in probate proceedings, the deceased person leaves a residence behind. If that residence is a bit outdated and needs some cosmetic “face-lifts” or some larger repairs – what fixes should the personal representative complete? What should be left to the buyer? Stacey explains the Washington statutes that come into play in this sometimes touchy scenario.

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