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

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


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


Congratulations, you have a will in place! If you already have a legal will in place, then you have taken an important step in protecting your family! No one likes to think about their own death, but having a will in place, or a living trust, will help ensure your assets are quickly transferred to… Read More