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By EPG on 7/24/2014 10:29 AM

By: Susan M. Jones

Effective June 12, 2014, a new Washington state law allows an individual to transfer real property to one or more beneficiaries effective at the transferor's death by executing and recording a transfer on death (TOD) deed.

By EPG on 5/29/2014 10:46 AM

Very few people ever fill out the Bequest by List forms, but it  may means a lot to the beneficiaries to receive a direct gift from a parent, grandparent or a friend. 

By EPG on 5/22/2014 8:34 AM

There's an new App for Health Care Directive Storage. 

By EPG on 7/16/2013 1:59 PM

The Washington state legislature amended the estate tax law to specifically include certain marital trust property, including pre-2005 marital trusts, for purposes of the Washington estate tax; to provide a deduction for family-owned business interests; adjusting the $2 million deduction by inflation on an annual basis; and increasing the top four estate tax rates.

By EPG on 4/25/2013 7:55 AM
With the controversy between "Fiscal Cliff" and the federal estate tax exemption seemingly resolved, unsuspecting Washington residents may still get a costly surprise when it comes to their estate taxes.  Many Washington residents need special estate planning to avoid estate tax.
By Kerry Brink on 4/9/2013 4:45 PM
If you haven’t specifically provided for distribution of your assets (which would include real property, stocks and bonds, personal property, retirement and life insurance), the Washington State Legislature has a statutory will, called the “Intestate Statute” (found at RCW 11.04.015) that will determine how your assets are distributed. SO BEWARE!
By Kerry Brink on 6/11/2012 12:12 PM

Because our firm represents many closely held businesses, we have had quite a number of clients whose estates may benefit from paying estate taxes over a long period of time, rather than having to pay the taxes when the Federal Estate Tax return is due.

By Kerry Brink on 6/11/2012 11:24 AM
Estate tax and what the legislature is going to do with it this year has been a topic on CNN and Fox this last week.  We have no legislative insider information, so this is a snapshot of what estate tax looks like today and what it will look like next year if the federal legislature does nothing by the end of 2012.
By Kerry Brink on 6/11/2012 11:15 AM
There have been some recent changes to Washington State law governing a Trustee’s duty.  The changes, which are found throughout Title 11 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) are known as the 2011 “Trust Act.”
By Kerry Brink on 6/11/2012 10:52 AM

There are many ways of giving to charities that can be a tremendous benefit to the charity and a tax benefit to the donor.

By James Krueger on 4/24/2012 1:20 PM

In this issue I discuss some imminent changes in the way the State of Washington will process annual reports for corporations and other business entities, take a look at a new program instituted by the IRS to help companies which have improperly treated employees as independent contractors and recommend one of my favorite spring/summer wines. 

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