Lagniappe (aka Blog)


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 Advanced Health Care Directive?

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

Do I Need an Advanced 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

I Am Recently Divorced, Do I Need To Update My Estate Plan?   The simple answer is “Yes.” If you and/or your former spouse took time to make estate plans at some point during the marriage, then it's likely that your former spouse is nominated as your personal representative (also referred to as...

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 ...

Affording a Divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | May 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

A lack of money is commonly one of the biggest stressors that a married couple has to deal with. This doesn't become any less of an issue when it comes to a divorce. If you are struggling to stay afloat in your current arrangement, the thought of paying for a divorce can be a daunting one; two ho...

Considerations When Discussing Divorce with Your Children

Posted by Elise Buie | May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although going through a divorce is going to be difficult on every member of your family, it is very common for your children to take the news the hardest and to need the most time to come to grips with the reality of what is happening. While there is likely nothing that you can do to make things...

Financial Considerations for Getting Remarried Later in Life

Posted by Elise Buie | May 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

As the baby boomer generation has moved into retirement age, many are choosing to make big life moves. Baby boomers are increasingly staying in the work force, pursuing new ventures, as well as getting divorced and remarried. These are often not their first marriages, which means that they may have a web of previous obligations and financial entanglements to sort out. Here is a non-exhaustive list of some key financial points to keep in mind to make this big transition as stress-free as possible:

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At Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC, we represent clients from Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, and the surrounding region, including all of King County and the cities of Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Edmonds, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Federal Way, Shoreline, Des Moines, Bainbridge Island, Vashon, Auburn, Renton and Puyallup. We love working with clients from Seattle's unique, eclectic neighborhoods: West Seattle, Fremont, Ballard, Madrona, Queen Anne, Greenwood, Ravenna, Maple Leaf, Wedgewood, View Ridge, Laurelhurst, Windermere, Madison Park, Magnolia, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Broadmoor, Phinney Ridge, Crown Hill, Yarrow Point and Mercer Island.

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