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Laura Hoexter

Marital Agreements: Prenuptial and Postnuptial

Estate Planning

From the Estate Planning and Probate Group The legal implications of marriage are seldom appreciated or fully understood. Many newlyweds have questions and concerns about a variety of practical issues, but feel uncomfortable raising the concerns. This can increase anxiety levels, which in turn leads to challenges in the marriage. The sad reality is that […]

Laura Hoexter

Qualified Personal Residence Trusts

Estate Planning

From the Estate Planning and Probate Group What is a Qualified Personal Residence Trust? A Qualified Personal Residence Trust (“QPRT”) is Trust which allows you to transfer your home to your named beneficiaries (usually your children) at a future date, at a substantially reduced gift tax rate. Individuals with a valuable home or second home […]

Laura Hoexter

Charitable Giving

Estate Planning

From the Estate Planning and Probate Group Outright Gifts What is the difference between unrestricted and restricted gifts to charity? An unrestricted gift is one that a donor makes to a charitable organization that the organization may use or apply to any purpose. By designating or “restricting” the use of a gift, an organization may […]

Tyler Jones

What Should Dentists Consider When Negotiating and Reviewing a Lease


Except for possibly employee salaries, a dental practice’s rent expense will most likely be a dentist’s largest business expense in any given year. It is, therefore, important that a dentist considering starting his or her own practice be thoughtful about what his or her practice’s specific needs are or will be before a lease is […]

Michael Spence

Major Changes Coming to the law of “Common Interest Communities”

Land Use / Real Estate

Beginning July 1, 2018, the law governing condominiums, co-ops, and planned communities of 12 or more units will change significantly. On that date, the Washington Uniform, and Interest Ownership Act (“WUCOIA”) will go into effect.  WUCOIA was passed at the 11th hour of the 2018 legislative session, and as of this date, it has not […]

Samuel Jacobs

The New Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act

Land Use / Real Estate

What is it, what does it do, and how does it affect you? What is WUCIOA?      Earlier this year, the state legislature passed the Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (“WUCIOA” or “Act”).  WUCIOA becomes effective July 1, 2018, and is Washington State’s first comprehensive set of regulations that apply across the board to condominiums, […]

Tyler Jones

IRS Collections for Individuals


From the Taxation Group What happens if I cannot pay my tax bill in full by the deadline? If you cannot pay your taxes in full by the deadline to file an extension for your tax return, you will receive a notice from the IRS reporting the amount you owe, plus penalties and interest. This […]

Laura Hoexter

Dynasty Trusts: Leaving Assets to Children

Estate Planning

From the Estate Planning and Probate Group While many people prefer to leave an inheritance to their child or grandchild in a trust, they incorrectly assume that once a minor reaches maturity a trust is no longer needed or advantageous. On the contrary, significant benefits can be obtained by leaving the assets in trust for […]

Laura Hoexter

Gifting and Leveraged Gifting

Estate Planning

From the Estate Planning and Probate Group Many individuals know that lifetime gifts to children and other loved ones can reduce or eliminate estate taxes otherwise due upon death. Yet many are not aware of the options to leverage their gifts to produce even greater tax savings. This FAQ will review the benefits of making gifts and […]

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