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Estate Planning in Washington State | Duncan Law, PLLC

Preparing for unforeseen life events is important for your family's future. Whether that means having a Will or Powers of Attorney in place, our knowledge of the protections needed for you and your family will provide you the assurance that you need.

Introduction

At Duncan Law PLLC, we understand the importance of planning for the future. Our comprehensive estate planning services in Washington State ensure that your assets are protected and your wishes are honored. With our experienced attorneys by your side, you can have peace of mind knowing that your legacy is secure. Call us today at 206-237-7714 to schedule a consultation.

Understanding Estate Planning

Estate planning is more than just drafting a will; it involves making critical decisions about the distribution of your assets, healthcare directives, and guardianship for your minor children. Proper estate planning can help minimize taxes, avoid probate, and protect your beneficiaries. It's essential to have a plan in place to ensure that your estate is managed according to your wishes.

Legal Implications in Washington State

 

Wills and Trusts

In Washington State, a will is a legal document that outlines how your assets will be distributed upon your death. A trust, on the other hand, allows you to transfer property to beneficiaries without going through probate. Understanding the differences between these two options is crucial for effective estate planning. For more information on Washington State's estate laws, visit the Washington State Bar Association.

 

Power of Attorney and Healthcare Directives

A power of attorney grants someone the authority to make financial decisions on your behalf, while healthcare directives specify your preferences for medical treatment. These documents are vital components of a comprehensive estate plan. 

How Duncan Law PLLC Can Help

At Duncan Law PLLC, our experienced attorneys specialize in estate planning and are committed to providing personalized solutions tailored to your unique needs. We assist with drafting documents such as wills, power of attorney, and healthcare directives. Our goal is to ensure that your estate is managed efficiently and your wishes are carried out precisely as you intend.

Our estate planning services drafting:

  • Will

  • Powers of Attorney

  • Healthcare Directives

  • Community Property Agreements

  • Distribution of Remains

  • Authorization of Organ Use

 

Contact us at 206-237-7714 to discuss your estate planning needs with our knowledgeable attorneys.

Why Hire Duncan Law PLLC​

Don't leave your estate planning to chance. Secure your future and protect your loved ones by hiring an experienced estate planning attorney. Contact Duncan Law PLLC at 206-237-7714 today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a comprehensive estate plan.

FAQs

1. What is the difference between a will and a trust?

 

A will is a legal document that specifies how your assets will be distributed after your death, while a trust allows for the transfer of property to beneficiaries without going through probate. Trusts can also provide for the management of your assets during your lifetime.

2. Why do I need a power of attorney?

 

A power of attorney is crucial because it designates someone to make financial decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. This ensures that your affairs are managed according to your wishes.

3. What are healthcare directives?

 

Healthcare directives, also known as living wills, specify your preferences for medical treatment in case you are unable to communicate your decisions. This document can guide your healthcare providers and loved ones in making critical medical decisions on your behalf.

4. How can estate planning minimize taxes?

 

Estate planning can help minimize taxes by strategically distributing your assets and taking advantage of tax exemptions and deductions. Trusts, charitable donations, and other estate planning tools can significantly reduce the tax burden on your estate.

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