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Creating Your Will, Living Will & Power of Attorney

Living wills and advance directives describe your preferences for end-of-life care. These documents speak for you when you’re not able to speak for yourself. Living wills and other advance directives are written, legal instructions regarding your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Advance directives guide choices for doctors […]

Common Law Marriage Myth & Cohabitation Agreements

A common myth is that if you live with someone for seven years you automatically create a common law marriage. Common law marriage occurs when a couple lives together for a certain number of years, hold themselves out as husband and wife, and intend to be married. Washington State law does not allow common law […]

Divorce in an International World

The world is getting smaller and smaller. We live in a global society and have an international economy. International travel is easy. Thanks to the internet we’re all connected in new ways. These days, people meet and fall in love across international borders. So it’s no surprise that marriages involving dual citizenship are more common than […]

7 Tips to Find the Right Divorce Attorney

When you are facing divorce, one of the first questions that comes to mind is “How do I find a good lawyer?” Knowing how to choose a divorce attorney who will provide you with the legal advice you need, at a price you can afford, and be the right fit for your situation, isn’t easy. […]

Premarital Agreements… Thoughtful Terms Make a Good Prenup

When we see people with money divorcing one of the first questions we have is who got the premarital agreement and who stands to benefit financially. Oftentimes,  the wealthier, more-moneyed future spouse has minimized or eliminated the post-marriage rights of the less-moneyed spouse and ensured that the prenup would be still enforceable under that state’s laws. The goal […]

Pre-marital Agreements: A Smart Marriage Move

Pre-marital agreements are becoming more common as couples realize they are helpful to one or both parties. Do pre-marital agreements make sense for normal people earning average incomes?  The answer: “Yes!” If you read the covers of magazines at the supermarket, you see impending divorces of celebrities and discussions about their pre-marital agreements, alimony, and child custody battles […]

New Paid Family Leave Policy In New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation adopting a 12-week paid family leave policy for New York employees on April 4. This family leave law will provide employees with up to 12 weeks of paid leave to allow them to care for a new child. They can also use this time to care for a […]

Washington State’s Relocation Statute

Washington’s relocation statute is very specific with regards to notice requirements and timing. Failure to give required notice may be grounds for sanctions, including contempt of court. If the move is within the same school district, the relocating person must provide notice by reasonable means. A person entitled to time with the child may not object to what […]

Relocation: Follow the Rules or Pay the Penalty

The UCCJA is a law that controls which court has jurisdiction to make custody and visitation decisions about your child when you are getting or have gotten a divorce or separation.  It is important to now about this law if you are considering relocation. It says that, in most cases, if a child moves out […]