1. Legal Guardianship vs. Power of Attorney

    We have presented several articles about the various options at your disposal when considering how your estate and assets can be handled in the event of your death or becoming incapacitated. We have also outlined several of the choices you have when preparing for the future of a loved one. In a previous article we provided a basic overview of legal guardianship. Today, we’d like to focus on the …Read More

  2. What You Need to Know about Guardianship in Washington

    There comes a time in our lives when we need to consider our future. What will happen to my family when I’m gone? Will they be taken care of? Another concern that troubles some people is wondering how they will be taken care of should they become incapacitated or unable to make important decisions on their own. In previous articles, we touched upon durable power of attorney and revocable living …Read More

  3. Reasons to Let the Professionals Write Your Will

    Most people are quite comfortable with do-it-yourself projects. From home improvements to car maintenance, handy people across the country have the skills and drive to take control of their lives. But there are certain things that are best left to the professionals, chief among them being legal services. It can be tempting to think that writing a Last Will and Testament is a simple enough task to …Read More

  4. 3 Common Misconceptions about the Probate Process

    The passing of a loved one is never easy. In the midst of our pain and mourning, we don’t want to have to rip our focus away from our families to deal with issues of assets or wills. Unfortunately, the estate and assets of our loved ones aren’t things we can avoid. But the probate process doesn’t have to be the frightening experience that many people perceive it to be. There are several misc…Read More

  5. Death and No Valid Will: What Happens Now?

    “What happens if someone dies without a will?” That is a common question we hear at Lyons | Sullivan. It’s a strange phenomenon that people worry about what will happen to their estate and assets after their death but then continue to postpone drawing up a will. It is a good idea to meet with an attorney and have a will drawn up no matter your age, financial, or health status. Being prepared…Read More

  6. Have You Been Tasked with the Job of Estate Executor?

    If your loved one or relative has just passed away, you may have been tasked with the job of becoming the executor of their estate. Although many people consider it an honor to be able to help your friend one last time, it can also often feel like a mission you can’t accomplish and one that you’re not set up to succeed in. In a time of grief and mourning, it is hard to go on with your daily li…Read More

  7. How Do I Donate Through My Washington Will or Trust?

    Unfortunately, no one lives forever. The cycle of life is a fun ride, but we only get 100 years, if that, to make our mark on the world and in the hearts of those whom we share the laughter and memories with. You might as well enjoy the moment, and enjoy what you have because life is short, and you can’t take anything with you when you pass. That is why it is strongly suggested you create wills …Read More

  8. Deciding Between a Will and a Trust

    You constantly hear those around you telling you to plan for your future, and to plan for the unexpected.  That is why it is so important to set up a will and/or a trust for your belongings. You know that wills and trusts delegate who gets what after you pass, but what does that really mean? Let's take a deeper look at the difference between will and a trust: Will A will is a written document tha…Read More

  9. How Living Trusts Avoid Probate

    At Lyons Sullivan, we want to help with your probate and trust administration. Whether you need help creating a trust, or help accessing a trust after death, we can take care of your needs. There are a few different types of trust funds to decide between. We recommend choosing a living trust. Living trusts offer a fast and private way to transfer property after death. This also allows you to avoid…Read More

  10. How To Pay For A Funeral From An Estate

    Losing a loved one is a painful process. It can feel as though your heart has been ripped from your chest never to be seen again. The grieving process is a universal one, known better by some than others. Once the initial shock has set in, is generally around the same time that the heir to the estate is urged to put together a memorial service for the deceased. Wills and trusts must be distributed…Read More