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The Benefits of Writing a Will

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Estate planning is a crucial aspect of ensuring your assets are managed according to your wishes after your passing. One of the fundamental components of estate planning is writing a will. Attorney at Law John Lutgens, an experienced estate planning attorney in Vancouver, Washington, emphasizes the importance of having a will in place. In… Read More »

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What Is the Purpose of Estate Planning?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Estate planning is a crucial aspect of financial management that often gets overlooked until it’s too late. Many individuals tend to postpone or ignore estate planning, assuming it’s only for the wealthy or elderly. However, estate planning is relevant to everyone, regardless of age or financial status. So, what exactly is the purpose of… Read More »

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Key Steps in the Estate Planning Process

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Estate planning is a crucial process that ensures your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you pass away. It also provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones, knowing that your affairs are in order. In Vancouver, Washington, estate planning attorney John Lutgens has been helping clients navigate this process… Read More »

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What Are the Most Important Estate Planning Documents to Have?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Estate planning is an essential process that ensures your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you pass away. It also provides peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are taken care of in your absence. An estate plan should be tailored to the testator’s specific needs and wishes, so the documents… Read More »

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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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