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Death and Taxes


The attorneys at Scott & Smith have developed through experience and education the skills necessary to assist you with all your legal needs.


Death and Taxes are the two things that cannot be avoided and you certainly cannot avoid preparing for them. When it comes to legal preparations, our biggest concern should lie in making those preparations early, in consideration of those we leave behind to ensure we protect our loved ones as best we can.

Illness, incapacity, and death are uncomfortable topics, but the attorneys at Scott & Smith are there for you. We can help complete a comprehensive plan for your estate. With help and support from Scott & Smith, you will find answers to the complex question that come when you plan for the future and rest easy knowing they are no longer a concern.

Common questions that we can help with:

Summary

Illness, incapacity, and death are uncomfortable topics, but the attorneys at Scott & Smith are there for you. We can help complete a comprehensive plan for your estate.


Estate Planning

  • Step-Parent Adoption
  • Second Parent Adoption
  • Adoption Following Involuntary Termination
  • Who will act as the Power of Attorney for your property?
  • Who will act as the Power of Attorney for your personal care?
  • Who will speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself?
  • Who will care for your children? Your loved ones? Your pets?
  • Who will care for those dependents with special care needs?
  • Who will be my Personal Representative?
  • Who will get Aunt Annie’s ring?

Experience Matters

Estate planning as an ongoing process rather than a single task to be completed.  Simply writing a will and putting it in a safe place until you pass away is not fully planning for the future.   Proper planning means preparing tools such as Wills, advanced care directives (such as Living Wills), and trusts.  While it’s true that simple guides or kits can be found online that offer to resolve your concerns regarding the future of your estate, it should be stressed that this is a complex area of law that carries very real consequences if not handled with the utmost care by an experienced lawyer with a background in estate planning law.

Is it Time to Renew your Estate Plan?

Wills should be updated to account for the changes we all experience.  Significant life changes such as marriage or divorce, a birth or death in the family, acquiring or selling property, are often an excellent time to revisit your estate planning to ensure it remains legal and relevant, and that your loved ones remain protected and cared for.   

 

PROBATE

When a family member or friend dies, it can be a stressful time for all involved. We can help ease this burden by explaining procedures in clear, understandable language; preparing Court documents to begin a Probate; discussing low-cost alternatives to Probate; coordinating with accountants, appraisers, trustees, property managers, real estate agents, and other experts; corresponding with heirs, government agencies, creditors, and other third parties; and tracking the status of Court files and obtaining Court documents.

Contact Scott & Smith at (360)-331-7101 to schedule a consultation in Freeland or Oak Harbor.