In this section you will find a listing of the
major service areas with a short description.
To ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and to minimize probate costs, it is important that you seek qualified legal counsel to draft a will and have it properly executed.
Forming a revocable living trust allows individuals to avoid having their assets go through probate. An estate planning attorney can explain to you the advantages and disadvantages of this option and assist you with creating the trust and transferring assets into the trust.
Special needs trusts are created to ensure that a disabled beneficiary is able to use the funds held in the trust without jeopardizing their ability to receive government benefits.
Community property agreements for married persons act as an alternative to having assets go through probate upon the death of the first spouse. These agreements have certain advantages and limitations that a qualified attorney can explain in detail.
If yours is large enough to be subject to estate taxes, you may want to have an irrevocable trust to protect the interests of your beneficiaries and reduce estate taxes.
Powers of attorney allow individuals to appoint another person to act on their behalf. Powers of attorney can be useful when the principal, the person making the appointment, becomes unable to manage his or her property and financial affairs.
In the State of Washington, living will documents are the Health Care Power of Attorney and the Health Care Directive. In the State of Oregon, the living will is the Advance Directive. An individual with serious health issues may also obtain the POLST form from his or her physician. A qualified attorney can explain the advantages and disadvantages.
A Health Care Power of Attorney allows an individual to appoint another person to make medical care decisions in the event the individual is incapacitated.
Health care directives are written documents in which individuals specify their health care preferences should they become unable to make such decisions and designate a person to carry out those preferences.
Prenuptial agreements will help you preserve the assets acquired before marriage. Prenuptial agreements are particularly useful in the event of second marriages.
With a life estate a person has use and control of property for his or her life, and upon death the property immediately transfers to another person. When setting up a life estate, estate planning should be concerned about Medicaid rules and other consequences.
A guardianship is a legal proceeding where a judge must find that a person is unable to manage their own affairs and that a guardian should be appointed to manage the care and custody and/or financial affairs of the incapacitated person.
A guardianship of the estate is a limited guardianship where the guardian has management and control of the financial affairs but not of personal care decisions.
Probate is a process whereby the probate court oversees the administration of the decedent’s estate, whether he or she died with a will or intestate (without a will). The probate procedures are intended to protect the interests of creditors and of heirs.
Disputes can arise for a multitude of reasons. The Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA) was created to simplify the provisions for the resolution of disputes and other matters involving trusts, estates, and guardianships.
Preparation of Income Tax Returns, assistance with disagreements with tax authorities and assistance with tax debts.
Individuals contacted by the IRS for tax delinquencies, not filing tax returns and audits may be helped by an attorney.
In select circumstances, the IRS will allow individuals to settle their tax debt for a smaller amount.
When the IRS pursues collection of past due taxes, you may have the right to a Collection Due Process Hearing.
As a consumer, you may have accrued debt in a variety of ways and the debt is quickly become overwhelming. If you find that making your monthly payments has become increasingly difficult, bankruptcy may be a choice for you. There may be either of two options for you to pursue; Chapter 7 or 13 depending on your circumstances and the amount of your income and the nature and amount of your debts.
Chapter 7 is an asset liquidation of non-exempt property (property not protected by exemption laws). You have the choice between state or federal exemptions to maximize the protection of your property.
Chapter 13 works towards financial restructuring, and may include loan modification for paying your creditors on monthly basis. We'll also work to create a feasible plan allowing you to maintain your monthly expenses, seek protection of your home and vehicle and help reestablish your credit.