Answering the Call to Serve: Above and Beyond

One attorney’s Call to Duty pledge equipped her to help veterans through legal matters outside her normal practice area. The WSBA’s Call to Duty Pledge inspires Washington attorneys to work outside their normal practice areas to serve veterans. Morgan Gabse is one attorney who branched out to meet veterans’ needs.

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The Changing Contours of “Low Bono”

Seattle attorney and WSBA section chair Forrest Carlson takes the “don’t know” out of Low Bono. Up until very recently, whenever I asked other lawyers what they thought “low bono” meant, most ventured an uncertain guess along these lines: “Is it like pro bono, except instead of paying no fee, the client pays a low […]

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3 Tips for Protecting Your Client’s Probate and Non-probate Assets

Learn how the ruling in Hillman v. Maretta affects Washington law. Recently, the Supreme Court in Hillman v. Maretta, 569 U. S. ____ (2013), re-affirmed an important tenet of trust and estate law: keep your information current. Otherwise, your (or your clients’) wishes might not be effectuated as envisioned. Trust and estate attorneys should carefully inventory […]

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Pet Trusts: Helping Clients Provide for Fido

Pet trusts growing in popularity — learn what you need to know. More and more commonly, clients task estate planning attorneys with taking care of a pet if the unfortunate happens to the client/owner. Between 12 and 27% of people who draft wills include provisions for their pet, often in the form of pet trusts. Pet trusts […]

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Finding a win-win in the law…yes, really

Attorneys and law students: volunteer with the Washington First Responder Will Clinic to be part of a winning team! It’s not often in the legal world that we get to participate in win-win situations. Normally if one party wins, it means another loses. For every plaintiff who wins a million dollar verdict, there is a […]

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