1. Special Needs Trusts

    Few people who have not experienced it for themselves can understand how heavy the concerns for a disabled family member can weigh on the mind. Fear and anxiety about what will happen to them when you are gone is enough to keep you up most nights. If you speak about your concerns with others, you are sure to hear all types of advice, ranging from sound to--well, not so sound. Those who don’t und…Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Wills vs. Living Trusts

    In a previous article, we touched upon Revocable Living Trusts and some of the advantages of forming a living trust during your lifetime. Today we wanted to provide a side-by-side comparison of a Last Will and Testament and a Revocable Living Trust. It is beneficial to understand that each has it’s own uses and advantages in order to plan effectively for the future. Similarities The aim of both …Read More

  6. What is a Revocable Living Trust?

    Here at Lyons | Sullivan, we understand that the idea of preparing for your own death can be an uncomfortable topic for some. But we also know how valuable legal advice and preparation can be, potentially saving your loved ones from unnecessary heartache after your passing. You have a few options when it comes to preparing for your family’s future. Most people are familiar with the Last Will and…Read More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  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