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“Estate Planning 101—Basic Documents: Wills & POAs”. April 24, 2010 For Seattle Chinese School PTA Seminar Bellevue, Washington By Steve Chianglin, Esq. Chianglin Law Firm, PLLC 12501 Bel-Red Rd., Suite 209 Bellevue, WA 98005.

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estate planning 101 basic documents wills poas

“Estate Planning 101—Basic Documents: Wills & POAs”

April 24, 2010 For Seattle Chinese School PTA SeminarBellevue, Washington

By

Steve Chianglin, Esq.

Chianglin Law Firm, PLLC

12501 Bel-Red Rd., Suite 209

Bellevue, WA 98005

Information contained herein shall not be construed as legal advise but merely as information only. Nothing herein is intended to create any client-attorney relationship.

easy questions for you

EASY QUESTIONS FOR YOU

How many of you are married?

How many of you have children?

How many of you have children under 18?

How many of you have children over 18?

harder questions for you

HARDER QUESTIONS FOR YOU

How many of you know who is going to handle your estate if you die?

How many of you know who is going to take care of your children if you die?

How many of you will trust your 18 year old or college child with all of your assets?

How many of you know who is going to take care of YOU if you are disabled?

reason for estate planning
MAIN POINTS:

Control

Predictability

Protection

OTHER POINTS:

(i) Estate Taxes

Reason for Estate Planning
other points estate taxes
Other Points: Estate Taxes

Two Estate Taxes:

Washington State

2 Million – 10%

9 Million – 19%

Federal

2010—0%

2011—1 Million or likely to be more than 3.5 Million—37%

main points
MAIN POINTS
  • Control
  • Predictability
  • Protection
main points cont
MAIN POINTS CONT…
  • Control

WITHOUT A WILL or ESTATE PLAN, NOT ONLY WILL YOU NOT BE ABLE TO PLAN (i) HOW TO DIVIDE YOUR ASSETS, (ii) WHO IS GOING TO RAISE YOUR KIDS, (iii) WHO IS GOING TO GUARD YOUR ASSETS, BUT YOU ALSO EXPOSE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY TO CERTAIN RISKS AND ALLOW THE COURT SYSTEM OR STRANGERS THE ABILITY TO MAKE DECISIONS ON YOUR BEHALF.

main points cont1
MAIN POINTS CONT…

INTESTATE:

If someone one dies without a Will, that person dies “intestate”:

The Court turns to State law under RCW 11.04 to distribute assets.

--Intestacy can becomes quite complex if community property and separate property exist and if decedent has siblings, parents, grandparents, etc.

--If Decedent has Separate Property, then at times if the Decedent has siblings, then the siblings may inherit even if there is a surviving spouse.

GENERAL RULES:

  • If you are survived by a spouse:
  • Your one-half of your and your spouse's community property will pass to your spouse.
  • Your separate property will pass:
    • If you are survived by children, one-half to your spouse and the other half to your children
    • If you are not survived by children, three-quarters to your spouse & the other quarter to your surviving parents or, if none, to your parents children (ie, your brothers and sisters).
    • If you are not survived by either children or parents or their children, all to your spouse.
  • If you are not survived by a spouse:
  • All to your surviving children or, if none
  • All to your surviving parents or, if none
  • All to your surviving brothers & sisters etc.
main points cont2
MAIN POINTS CONT…
  • Control Cont…

Ex: Children.

Problem of Majority

Problem of Handling Your Money

Problem of Accidents

Ex: Spouse.

Issue of re-marriage

Issue of influence

main points1
MAIN POINTS

(ii) Predictability

Your Estate Assets;

Key Personnel of Your Estate:

Personal Representative;

Guardian/Custodian;

Trustees; and

Powers of Attorneys

main points2
MAIN POINTS
  • Protection

With control and predictability, you’ll have higher level of protection of your children and your estate.

main points3
MAIN POINTS
  • Solutions:

Estate Planning with Wills and Trusts will allow you to address these concerns.

solutions
Solutions:

Will or Trust

i. Personal Representative

ii. Trustee

iii. Custodian/Guardian

Powers of Attorney

i. Financial

ii. Health

conclusion
Conclusion
  • Estate Plan is to protect your family and ensure predictability.

QUESTIONS?

additional information

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PLEASE CONTACT:

Steve Chianglin, Esq.

Chianglin Law Firm, PLLC

12501 Bel-Red Rd., Suite 209

Bellevue, WA 98005

Tel: 425-451-4945

Fax: 425-451-4318