Hickman Menashe - ABLE Account Lawyer

Certain federal and state benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid have financial guidelines.  They require an individual to have no more than $2,000 in countable resources to qualify for the program. Once an individual starts to receive either benefit, countable resources cannot exceed $2,000 in order to maintain eligibility. Financial Eligibility Standards… Read More

Hickman Menashe - Estate Planning Attorney

On January 1, 2020, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act (the “Act”) went into effect.  This will result in significant changes to retirement planning. The Act increases saving potential in tax-sheltered accounts by extending the maximum age for contributions. The Act also adds a new requirement.  This will significantly limit the… Read More

  According to a July 30, 2019 news report by the Washington Post, some parents are resorting to drastic measures in order to meet skyrocketing college costs. They are arranging for others to take custody of their children through guardianship proceedings to qualify for financial aid. This is particularly relevant in Washington State, which recently… Read More

A hearing is scheduled for June of 2019 to determine if handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin’s estate are valid. Aretha Franklin died in August of 2018 but her estate is still being contested in court. Franklin is one of a handful of famous musicians who have died in recent years without a valid will… Read More