Shikuma Law Offices, PLLC in Seattle Washington is dedicated to providing personalized estate planning counsel and asset protection planning at a reasonable price. We can also assist you with medicaid planning, probate, trust administration, VA pension benefits planning, charity planning, pet trusts and much more. See our services and practice areas for more deatils.

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will vs trust Will vs. Revocable Living Trust

As life expectancy extends, there is an increased chance that we will become disabled (incapacitated) before we die, and we simply do not know how long this disability will last. By “disability”, I am referring that our mental or physical health becomes so deteriorated that we cannot sign any legal documents, contractual papers or checks. Therefore, “Disability Planning” is a vital component of our estate planning, as well as “Death Planning.”

A Will-based estate plan focuses on Death Planning but not for disability because a will takes effect only upon a will maker’s death and it does not provide guidance in the event of a will maker’s disability.

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power of attorney Does your power of attorney really work?

Unfair trade practices? Banks do it all the time

(by Jan Warner and Jan Collins / United Feature Syndicate)

Question: My father kept my mother in the dark financially, so, when he suffered a stroke several years ago and was admitted to a nursing home, my mother was not prepared to take responsibility. To further complicate matters, Dad had not signed a power of attorney.

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Will and Trust Samples Will and Trust Samples (pdf)

We believe that each client should receive individualized service and establish an estate plan which is tailored to his/her own wishes and goals. We truly believe in counsel-based estate planning, not form book-based estate planning.

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Legal Documents Translation Services Legal Documents Translation Services: Japanese to English

Our firm’s legal translation expertise covers various practice areas.

We also translate a variety of certificates (Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Police Records, etc.)

Please contact Mieko at the office for rates. Our rates are very reasonably priced.

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Attorney Mieko Shikuma We truly believe in counsel-based estate planning

We believe that each client should receive individualized service and establish an estate plan which is tailored to his/her own wishes and goals. We truly believe in counsel-based estate planning, not form book-based estate planning.

For example, a couple who has been married for many years will have a different estate plan than a second marriage couple with children from the previous marriages. High net worth families will need special strategies in their plans to minimize estate, gift, income and generation skipping taxes. A taxable estate with illiquid assets will establish an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) so that the personal representative of the estate would not have to sell the assets in a short amount of time for unreasonably low values just because estate taxes have to be paid within a 9-month period (or a 15-month period with an extension). Also, clients who are engaged in a high risk business may want to establish an Asset Protection Trust in another state in which a self-settled trust is accorded with creditor protection because Washington does not accord asset protection for a self settled trust while the trust maker is alive.

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