News from the Desk: June 2021

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Summer officially begins on June 20! I was delighted to be safely able to travel to Palm Springs, Big Bear and Joshua Tree at the end of last month, my first time traveling since March of 2020. You can see me below enjoying the sun and relaxation at Big Bear Lake.

On Friday, May 14, Sherry led an interactive session on estate planning work for clients with nontaxable estates at the King County Bar Association‘s (KCBA) popular continuing legal education (CLE) seminar, Estate Planning for the 99%. Sherry’s group had lively discussions about the mental capacity required to execute a will, what Health Care Directives can and cannot do, specific concerns for blended families related to estate planning, and understanding how community property issues impact estate planning.

Sherry enjoyed tasty take-out from Kiin-Kiin Thai Eating Room on May 19 while attending the Estate Planning Council of Seattle’s virtual quarterly meeting. Members learned about Washington’s new capital gains tax, changes in the laws governing Washington probates and Washington’s electronic Will statute which becomes effective in 2022.

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Recent Updates from Our Blog

Do I Have to Mention my Evil Twin Brother in my Will?

Do I Have to Mention my Evil Twin Brother in my Will?

Even if we’re not related to Dr. Evil, sometimes certain family members are folks we’d like to pretend don’t exist. But can we do this in our wills? Stacey explains why it’s important to list all family members in your will, even if (and especially when) you don’t want them to inherit anything.

Electronic Wills Are Coming to Washington

Electronic Wills Washington State

 Washington Governor Jay Inslee recently signed a bill into law that allows for the execution of electronic wills. While this is a huge change in estate planning for Washingtonians, Sherry explains why not everyone may be jumping at the chance to create a digital will.

Survivor: Not Just a TV Series

Your will likely names individuals who will receive your assets upon death. But if that person dies 119 hours or less after you do, can they (or their estate) still inherit? Stacey explains more about the statutory definition of “survival” in her latest blog post.

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