Tacoma Estate Planning Lawyer
Ensuring that your wishes are followed regarding your estate and related matters after you are gone requires an understanding of the legal documents and instruments related to this critical matter. While you may believe that estate planning is only for the very wealthy or the very old, anyone can benefit from a comprehensive estate plan if they own anything at all. Your home, vehicles, and bank accounts are all part of your “estate.”
Probate is another matter that can arise in life, especially if you have been designated executor of a loved one’s estate. You must administer the estate according to the law and under the court’s supervision. This involves many steps for which you will likely need advice and guidance to ensure that the process is completed correctly.
At McCarthy Law Office, PLLC, we can provide the legal help you need in these critical matters. Attorney Conor McCarthy brings experience, knowledge, and a personal approach to helping you plan for the future or navigate the settlement of a loved one’s estate.
Request a free initial consultation with our Tacoma estate planning attorney about your legal needs. Use our convenient contact form or call (844) 224-5029 to get started. We serve clients in the counties of Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, and King.
Estate Planning in Washington State
Caring for your family and protecting your assets starts with planning to be prepared for any eventuality. By thinking through how you want your assets distributed, you can give yourself and your family peace of mind and prevent unnecessary taxes and fees.
Assets that might make up an individual's estate include houses, other real estate, vehicles, stocks and bonds, paintings, life insurance, pensions, retirement accounts, and more. Estate planning aims to preserve the maximum wealth possible for your intended beneficiaries and flexibility for you before your passing.
Contrary to a common misconception, estate planning is not only for the ultra-rich or elderly. Everyone has an estate and thus needs to plan for it.
The instruments used in estate planning can include:
- Wills: Legal documents that allow you to designate how you want your estate to be distributed upon your death. It also allows you to appoint an executor to carry out these wishes.
- Trusts (Testamentary Trusts, Revocable Living Trusts, & More): Legal arrangements where a trustee holds and manages assets for the benefit of others, potentially reducing estate taxes or protecting assets from creditors. Depending on your goals, your will may need to include testamentary trusts which come into existence upon your passing. Or, given the nature of your assets and goals, you may decide that a revocable living trust is the right fit for you. In addition, you may consider various other types of trusts to meet your unique needs.
- Powers of Attorney: Allows you to appoint someone to manage your financial affairs if you cannot do so.
- Health Care Power of Attorney & Directives: This can include a health care declaration ("living will") and a Power of Attorney for health care, which outline your health care preferences and designate someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you cannot express your wishes.
We offer services for all aspects of estate planning, from wills and trusts preparation to gift planning, community property agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and resolving estate disputes.
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