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How to Protect Yourself if You’re Falsely Accused of a Crime in Washington State

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Being falsely accused of a crime is a deeply unsettling experience that can lead to significant emotional, reputational, and financial trouble, not to mention loss of liberty and other consequences if you wind up convicted on false charges. Read on for useful information that can help you put yourself in the best position for… Read More »

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Different Types of Trusts in Washington State

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Depending on the size and nature of one’s estate, and one’s plans and goals for the future, estate planning can be a complicated task with lots of moving parts. In almost every situation, no matter how simple or complex the estate is, trusts play a crucial role in the estate plan, offering a range… Read More »

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Basic Steps Required in Estate Administration

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Estate administration can be a complex and emotionally challenging process, especially considering how it forces a series of complicated tasks on an estate administrator during a time of grief and loss. Getting the assistance of an experienced probate attorney can help ensure that all required duties are performed in a timely, accurate and professional… Read More »

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Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Life is uncertain, and estate planning can help bring some certainty to your life when things don’t go as planned. At its very core, estate planning ensures that your assets and wishes are organized according to the way you best see fit. Estate planning can also help provide coverage for your loved ones in… Read More »

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Executor vs. Administrator in a Washington Probate

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

When a loved one passes away, the legal process that follows can often be confusing and emotionally taxing. One of the most critical aspects of this process is the appointment of an individual to manage the deceased’s estate. In Washington State, this individual can either be an Executor or an Administrator. While these roles… Read More »

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What Gets Included in Probate?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

The very word “probate” can cause anxiety and stress to people who are engaging in estate planning or who have recently lost a family member and are faced with the prospect of administering their loved one’s estate. Part of the discomfort lies in the mystery surrounding what probate is and what it entails. Below… Read More »

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Powers of Attorney Explained

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

It’s no secret that planning for the future can seem daunting. However, taking the right steps today can ensure peace of mind tomorrow. One important step toward developing a comprehensive estate plan is designating a Power of Attorney (POA). Read on to learn more about what a POA is and why you need one…. Read More »

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Retirement Pitfalls and Mistakes to Avoid

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

As an estate planning and probate lawyer serving clients in Washington for over 30 years, attorney John Lutgens has identified the most common and serious mistakes people often make when it comes to retirement. He’s seen first-hand how improper or inadequate retirement planning can complicate lives, leading to avoidable financial distress and strife. Read… Read More »

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How Does Divorce Affect Estate Planning in Washington State?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Heightened emotions during a divorce may prompt you to feel as though you need to amend your estate planning documents. While you can make some changes, a divorce does not automatically change your estate planning. Certain aspects will immediately see changes while others may require some time. In the state of Washington, individuals have… Read More »

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How Do I Amend or Revoke My Will in WA?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

A last will and testament (“will”) is a vital part of your estate plan. Your will dictates how your estate will be distributed upon your death, including all of your assets. Your will can also be used to assign a guardian for minor or disabled children, appoint an executor for your estate, and many… Read More »

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