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

Recently, Genworth Financial released the findings of its fifteenth annual Cost of Care Survey. This broad survey is one of the most comprehensive publicly released analyses of long-term care costs; in the United States. Based on more than 15,000 different data points and covering more than 400 different regions; Genworth Financial has concluded that Washington… Read More

special needs

One of the more unique legal documents that’s drawn up periodically is the special needs trust. This type of financial trust is set up for a person who has a disability. Which can be physical or mental in nature, or both. While those setting up a trust are usually family members; such as parents. Sometimes a… Read More

When it comes to your own personal health, it is always best to plan for the future. If you fail to do this, you will be leaving your fate in the hands of other people. Thanks to modern medical science, people are now living longer than at any point in human history. Because of this,… Read More


As we get older, it becomes increasingly important to organize our lives so that if something happens to us, our adult children or other loved ones will know what to do. An unexpected accident or hospitalization can leave family members scrambling for information about financial or household issues. For example, someone may need to know… Read More