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Understanding your role as a power of attorney

Just knowing that you are a power of attorney may not be enough for you to effectively undertake the role for your family member in Washington. Being sure that you are fully aware of your responsibilities and under what conditions you will be required to take over may help you to be more confident and effective in your efforts. At Cooney Law Offices, P.S., we are experienced in helping families in their efforts to plan and execute their estate. 

What decisions does a durable power of attorney cover?

One of the most common parts of estate planning involves signing a durable power of attorney form that gives an agent the authority to make certain decisions on your behalf. In Washington, the law allows your agent to make a variety of medical and financial choices if you are unable to communicate those decisions yourself.

The benefits of putting a property into a trust

Many Washington residents spend a lot of time trying to decide what should be done with their house once they are no longer living. Sometimes, there is an easy solution to this question. However, if you have more than one child or person you wish to leave the house to, the answer may be more complex. We here at Cooney Law Offices understand the many considerations that go into making such a tremendous decision, and have helped many adults find a resolution to such questions. 

Detailing Washington's intestate succession guidelines

A common question we here at Cooney Law Offices, P.S. often hear is what happens if a person dies without a will? It is typically coming from concerned family members in Spokane who have recently had loved ones pass away and are now worried that the dispersal of their estates will turn into a veritable "free-for-all" between the decedent's beneficiaries. If you share these same concerns, no to worry; your family member or friend dying without a will does not mean that their estate is open to be claimed by whoever seeks it first. 

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