Estate Planning Basics

The Importance of Estate Planning in Non-Traditional Families

April 16, 2014

I got a heartbreaking call this week from a woman whose fiancé had recently died. They had been a couple for many years, and were the parents of an infant son, but they had never gotten around to getting married. Her fiancé had a well-paying job with benefits, and was the sole income earner in […]

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FAQs About The Rights of
Same-Sex Couples After DOMA Ruling

July 10, 2013

Seattle estate planning attorney,Wendy S. Goffe, a wrote an exellent and informative guest post for Forbes answering some frequently asked questions regarding the rights of same-sex couples after the DOMA ruling. You can read: After The DOMA Ruling, FAQs About The Rights Of Same-Sex Couples, by clicking on the link.

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Estate Planning for Same-Sex
Couples in Texas After DOMA Ruling

July 3, 2013

Last week, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. Edith Windsor had challenged DOMA after the death of her partner of 44 years, Thea Spyer, to whom she was legally married. The couple lived in New York, […]

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Is Real Property Purchased with an Inheritance during Marriage Separate or Community Property?

October 3, 2012

Texas is a community property state. Property is classified as community or separate property depending on when and how it was acquired. In Texas, all property acquired during marriage is presumed to be community. Property acquired before a marriage and during the marriage by gift, devise or descent is characterized as separate property. Property retains […]

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Where Are Your Important Documents?

September 26, 2012

I got a call yesterday from a woman, who I’ll call Sue, whose mother suffered a stroke. Sue’s mom was only 67 years old. The stroke left her completely incapacitated, unable to talk, write or care for herself. Sue’s mom had executed a power of attorney, giving Sue the authority to handle her financial affairs […]

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A Holographic Will That Worked…But At What Cost?

September 17, 2012

After reading a post I had written on the risks of do-it-yourself estate planning, a skeptical reader commented that his friend’s situation contradicted my article. His friend had written a will on a paper towel leaving his entire estate to his girlfriend. His friend’s ex-wife and three children contested the will to no avail. Despite […]

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