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Trusts, Wills & Probate

  • By: Christopher Benson
  • Published: June 23, 2017

What is a Power of Attorney and Can It Expire? On January 1, 2017, the State of Washington implemented new laws concerning many different types of Powers of Attorney and specific directions that can be added or limited. If you do not have a Power of Attorney, your timing is good because now would be a great time to get…Read More

  • By: Christopher Benson
  • Published: June 22, 2017

Common Question: Do I have to file a probate if my spouse or parent dies in Washington? The short answer is “Yes” unless the following applies: The Assets of the deceased are in a trust; or The Assets of the deceased are held as joint tenants with the right of survivorship (property merely held as community property doesn’t count as will be explained…Read More

  • By: Christopher Benson
  • Published: May 31, 2017

A common question we receive is: Does Washington State have an inheritance tax or probate tax? In the law, words matter.  Therefore, as your read the answers and responses below, the end result might feel the same (i.e. pay a tax); but how you arrive at the result is technically different (what or who pays the tax). I have found…Read More

  • By: Christopher Benson
  • Published: May 30, 2017

How to Make an Estate Plan There are several elements to an estate plan that are key to you and your family being taken care of and your goal being met. An Estate Plan is a collection of legal documents that you create to handle events that occur in everyone's life.  There is not one document that handles everything; however,…Read More

  • By: Christopher Benson
  • Published: May 9, 2017

Not only are Millennials not talking about end-of-life care with their parents, according to the American Bar Association "Statistical studies show that 55 percent of Americans die without a will or estate plan." In order to save your loved ones completely avoidable additional pain and legal hassles, take the time to begin your estate planning today. Here is the good news....we…Read More

  • By: Christopher Benson
  • Published: September 22, 2016

Attorney Christopher A. Benson is rated as "Superb" by AVVO with a rating of 9.5 among all attorneys nationally. Mr. Benson has law office locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Arizona and is admitted to practice in all four States. The goal of estate planning is to give you peace of mind in knowing that you have taken care of…Read More

  • By: Christopher Benson
  • Published: June 4, 2016

2 Common Questions: (1) What Is Probate in Washington;  And (2) Do I Have To File A Probate For My Spouse or Loved One? If you have recently lost a loved one, we understand what you are experiencing because everyone at our firm has lost someone close to them and then had to handle the details of taking care of…Read More

  • By: Christopher Benson
  • Published: April 26, 2016

Three "Big Picture" Questions You Need to Ask When Planning Your Estate When starting down the path of getting your life organized and putting the necessary legal documents in place to take care of events that occur in every person's life, just think about the "Big Picture" at first. What usually prevents people from getting started on estate planning is…Read More

  • By: Christopher Benson
  • Published: December 8, 2015

This post is to provide notice to all of our clients and friends that there is a huge telephone scam going on across the country. Please share it with your friends. Here is the set up: An automated voice calls you and says " This is X from the IRS. The IRS is preparing to file a lawsuit against you…Read More

  • By: Christopher Benson
  • Published: November 11, 2015

You can’t plan an estate, make a will, or establish a trust without answering three key questions. These questions create the foundation of documents such as living wills, medical directives, and trusts. Before you begin your estate planning, answer these three important questions: Whom do you want to inherit your assets? The answer to this question can and will change…Read More

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