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Christopher  Larson - Tax Attorney Lawyer

Christopher Larson - Tax Attorney

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Tax, Bankruptcy & Debt, Estate Planning, Litigation, Corporate

Insight Law is a local tax law firm with 4 offices in the greater Seattle area. We handle all tax matters, including those related to Income, Employm... (more)

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Matthew Swain Webbeking Lawyer

Matthew Swain Webbeking

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Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning

Matthew Webbeking has been practicing law in the Seattle area for 14 years. A graduate of Nathan Hale High School, Matthew received his B.A. in Psycho... (more)

Daniel  Smith Lawyer

Daniel Smith

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Immigration, Bankruptcy & Debt, Wills & Probate, Divorce & Family Law, DUI-DWI
Boutique law firm offering diligent, affordable representation.

Daniel graduated magna cum laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he received a degree in Political Science. He then attended Seattl... (more)

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800-916-2901

George  Edensword-Breck Lawyer

George Edensword-Breck

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Estate, Real Estate, Disability, Guardianships & Conservatorships

The Law Offices of George Edensword-Breck is a small firm with a principal focus on Estate and Disability Planning. Other areas of practice include: G... (more)

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Mark E. Smith

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Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Business, Family Law, Criminal

Mark received his Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Pacific Lutheran University in 1988. He also studied international business at the University ... (more)

Leslie R. Bottimore Lawyer

Leslie R. Bottimore

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Accident & Injury, Lawsuit & Dispute

Skilled attorney with more than 15 years of experience effectively helping clients Bottimore & Associates, P.L.L.C. in Tacoma, Washington represent... (more)

Arthur Colby Parks Lawyer

Arthur Colby Parks

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Estate, Elder Law, Corporate Governance, Disability, State Appellate Practice

I have lived in Tacoma for over 25 years. My wife is a school teacher in our neighborhood and we have raised our three daughters here. I believe in Ta... (more)

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William R. Walton Lawyer

William R. Walton

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Divorce & Family Law, Estate

I am a facts and figures kind of attorney. I do not believe in wasting a client's time or money. I do believe in being honest and upfront. I will tell... (more)

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H. Gary Wallis Lawyer

H. Gary Wallis

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Estate, Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Juvenile Law, Traffic

Whether you’re battling a DUI, a family law matter, or you need a criminal defense attorney, you can count on the compassion and unparalleled legal ... (more)

Adam Andrew Sandoval Lawyer

Adam Andrew Sandoval

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Divorce & Family Law, Wills & Probate, Child Custody, Family Law

Adam Sandoval is a Marysville, WA native. Adam's primary practice focuses on family law, including dissolutions, prenuptial agreements, property settl... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

SPENDTHRIFT TRUST

A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the benefi... (more...)
A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the beneficiary as needed, and sometimes paying third parties (creditors, for example) on the beneficiary's behalf, bypassing the beneficiary completely. Spendthrift trusts typically contain a provision prohibiting creditors from seizing the trust fund to satisfy the beneficiary's debts. These trusts are legal in most states, even though creditors hate them.

ABSTRACT OF TRUST

A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract... (more...)
A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract of trust to a financial organization or other institution to prove that you have established a valid living trust, without revealing specifics that you want to keep private. In some states, this document is called a 'certification of trust.'

DISCHARGE (OF PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR)

A court order releasing the administrator or executor from any further duties connected with the probate of an estate. This typically occurs when the duties hav... (more...)
A court order releasing the administrator or executor from any further duties connected with the probate of an estate. This typically occurs when the duties have been completed but may happen sooner if the executor or administrator wishes to withdraw or is dismissed.

SPECIFIC BEQUEST

A specific item of property that is left to a named beneficiary under a will. If the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he dies, the bequ... (more...)
A specific item of property that is left to a named beneficiary under a will. If the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he dies, the bequest fails. In other words, the beneficiary cannot substitute a similar item in the estate. Example: If John leaves his 1954 Mercedes to Patti, and when John dies the 1954 Mercedes is long gone, Patti doesn't receive John's current car or the cash equivalent of the Mercedes. See ademption.

NONPROBATE

The distribution of a deceased person's property by any means other than probate. Many types of property pass free of probate, including property left to a surv... (more...)
The distribution of a deceased person's property by any means other than probate. Many types of property pass free of probate, including property left to a surviving spouse and property left outside of a will through probate-avoidance methods such as pay-on-death designations, joint tenancy ownership, living trusts and life insurance. Property that avoids probate is sometimes described as the 'nonprobate estate.' Nonprobate distribution may also occur if the deceased person leaves an invalid will. In that case, property will pass according to the particular state's laws of intestate succession.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, p... (more...)
All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, patents, pets and season baseball tickets are all examples of personal property. Personal property may also be called personal effects, movable property, goods and chattel, and personalty. Compare real estate.

TESTAMENTARY TRUST

A trust created by a will, effective only upon the death of the willmaker.

PROBATE

The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased pers... (more...)
The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased person's affairs identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property paying debts and taxes identifying heirs, and distributing the deceased person's property according to the will or, if there is no will, according to state law. Formal court-supervised probate is a costly, time-consuming process -- a windfall for lawyers -- which is best avoided if possible.

PROVING A WILL

Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily sat... (more...)
Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily satisfies by showing that the will was signed and dated by the deceased person in front of two or more witnesses. When the will is holographic -- that is, completely handwritten by the deceased and not witnessed, it is still valid in many states if the executor can produce relatives and friends to testify that the handwriting is that of the deceased.