Lagniappe (aka Blog)


Famous People Who Died Without a Will

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Oct 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

What do Picasso, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, and "Sonny" Bono all have in common? You're probably thinking, not much. But they do, in fact, have one big thing in common. They all died intestate—which means they died without having a will.

Thirteen Estate Planning Terms You Need to Know

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Oct 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Estate planning — it is an incredibly important tool, not just for the uber-wealthy or those thinking about retirement. On the contrary, estate planning is something every adult should do. Estate planning can help you accomplish any number of goals, including appointing guardians for minor childr...

Don’t Name Your Child As The Beneficiary

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Oct 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

When you have children, you'll go to the ends of the earth to protect them and make sure they are safe and happy. It's a major reason why parents buy life insurance — or the main one at least. Having life insurance means that if something happened to you, your children would be OK financially. B...

Do I Need an Advance Health Care Directive?

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Sep 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Have you been wondering... What is the difference between a living will and a health care directive? Let us explain! An advance directive is a set of instructions someone prepares in advance of ill health that determines his healthcare wishes. A living will is one type of advance directive that becomes effective when a person is terminally ill and incapacitated.

Safety Planning for Pets in a Domestic Violence Situation

Posted by Elise Buie | Aug 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pets are family. It can be difficult to envision leaving a domestic violence situation if you do not know what will happen to your beloved pet. You are not alone: according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, up to 65% of domestic violence victims are unable to leave because they are conce...

Why DIY Wills Are Often Insufficient

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Aug 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

A do-it-yourself (DIY) or even an online Will may seem like a really good deal on the surface - for a little bit of money you purchase a Will template or you can go online and have it prepared without an attorney. But, a Will can be a complicated matter – estate attorneys go to school for years a...

Protecting Your Family Home

Posted by Elise Buie | Jul 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

For most families, a home is among their most valuable assets, both financially and emotionally. It is important to be thoughtful about how you are going to leave a home and to whom. If there are issues between siblings, tax considerations, or other family needs to consider, the parent should make an informed decision about what to do with the house and ensure that their estate plan reflects these wishes. It is particularly important to come up with a specific plan for your home.

Take Responsibility for Your Divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | Apr 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

After many years of practicing Family Law and helping clients navigate divorce, I wrote about the defining principles that make or break my clients' success. Over the next few weeks, we'll be diving into each of the five “Success Principles of Divorce” on our blog. Check out this week's breakdown...

Homeschooling Tips from a Homeschooled Millennial

Posted by Elise Buie | Mar 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Millions of children across the country are now being educated at home. For most parents, it's their first experience homeschooling children. I homeschooled my four children for many years and have asked my oldest child to share some thoughts on what she thinks worked and what didn't based on her...

Managing Quarantine Stress

Posted by Elise Buie | Mar 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many families are struggling right now; money is tight, being home together poses new relational challenges, and many parents are navigating schooling at home for the first time. As we enter the end of week one of coronavirus isolation (some of us in Seattle have been at this for much longer…Elis...

Two Documents Every 18 Year Old Should Sign

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Mar 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Two Documents Every 18 Year Old Should Sign Whether your young adult lives at home with you, attending college or out on their own, we recommend that your child sign a Durable Power or Attorney for Finances and a Power of Attorney for Health Care.  These two estate planning documents, more commo...

Do I Need and Advance Health Care Directive?

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Mar 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Do I need an Advance Health Care Directive? During these uncertain times, we highly recommend you have an Advanced Health Care Directive.  What is the difference between a living will and a health care directive? An advance directive is a set of instructions prepared in advance of ill health th...

Why Parents of Minor Children Need an Estate Plan

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Mar 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Why Parents of Minor Children Need an Estate Plan  Parents of minor children need to plan for the possibility they die before their children reach adulthood.  Minors do not have the legal status or cognitive ability to make decisions about their care and finances so an adult must act for them. ...

Recently Divorced? What You Need To Do

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Mar 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

As an Estate Planning Attorney, I hear this question a lot, "I am recently divorced, do I need to update my Estate Plan?" The simple answer is “Yes.” Updating your estate plan is especially critical if you have children together and you and your former spouse do not agree on how they should be cared for.

How to Protect Yourself During your Divorce

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Mar 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

During divorce, many people worry about their children and their finances.  However, many people fail to prepare for their illness or death before the divorce is finalized. There are 4 questions that everyone going through a divorce should be considering, but rarely do: What happens if I die b...

What is a Will and why do I need one?

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Mar 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

What is a Will and why do I need one? It is often difficult for people to think about death, and understandably so, but in order to ensure that your loved ones are cared for after you pass away, it is important to consider drafting a will.  A will is a written document, that designates guardians...

Coronavirus and You

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Mar 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the coronavirus continues to spread, many of us wonder if virus will affects us?  It is more important now than ever to have your estate plan in place.  Having a Will in not enough.  Consider what will happen if you become seriously ill.  Who will take charge of your health care decisions and ...

Separate and Community Property in Divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | Jun 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Washington State is one of the nine community property states in the country. This means that, as a general rule, spouses will own an equal interest in any property acquired  during the marriage, even where only one spouse's name is on the bank account, paycheck, or title. This distinction has a ...

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