Estate Law Office
1800 Cooper Point Road SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Planning for the Inevitable Future, Easier to do now than then . . .
Our Olympia Estate Planning Attorneys focus on your goals and your unique situation.
Believe it or not, you have an estate. In fact, nearly everyone does. Your estate is comprised of everything you own— your car, home, other real estate, checking and savings accounts, investments, life insurance, furniture, personal possessions. No matter how large or how modest, everyone has an estate and something in common—you can’t take it with you when you die.
It's not a matter of 'if', it's a matter of 'when.'
When that happens—and it is a “when” and not an “if”—you probably want to control how those things are given to the people or organizations you care most about. To ensure your wishes are carried out, you need to provide instructions stating whom you want to receive something of yours, what you want them to receive, and when they are to receive it. You will, of course, want this to happen with the least amount paid in taxes, legal fees, and court costs.
If you don’t have a plan, Washington State has one for you, but you probably won’t like it.
At disability: If your name is on the title of your assets and you can’t conduct business due to mental or physical incapacity, only a court appointee can sign for you. The court, not your family, will control how your assets are used to care for you through a conservatorship or guardianship (depending on the term used in your state). It can become expensive and time consuming, it is open to the public, and it can be difficult to terminate the appointment even if you recover.
Ensure Your Affairs are in Order – Hire an Estate Attorney
That is estate planning—simplifying the process in advance and changing the fear of the unknown into the peace of mind of knowing for certain.
- Know that your property will only go to those you want it to go to on your passing.
- Know who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes.
- Know who will make health and financial decisions on your behalf if and when you become unable to make them on your own.
- Know who will take care of your minor children and who will be responsible for caring for the property you leave them.
- Know that you can provide for a disabled loved one without disqualifying them from benefit programs.
Find an Estate Attorney Near You
Come visit us at Gravis Law Olympia, we are located on the corner of Evergreen Park Drive and Lakeridge Way. Our knowledge of Washington estate law will provide you with the quality, caring, and personalized counsel while making hard decisions about when “it” happens. We look forward to assisting you in planning for your future and your family’s future. Our Gravis estate planning lawyers will make it as uncomplicated as possible.