Thursday, September 15, 2016

Legal Separation vs. Divorce.

The distinction can be very confusing.  This decision will be one of the most important of your life.  Divorce or legal separation.  Which is best for you and your family?  It is essential to educate yourself on the legal and emotional effects that both possibilities will have on your future.  If you decide to hold off on filing for divorce, making your separation legal is also important to fully understand … it is not just a matter of leaving the household.

In Washington State, a legal separation proceeding is identical to a marriage dissolution, except that the court does not dissolve the marriage.  Your finances are kept separate.  Things like child custody and support as well as spousal maintenance may be ordered by the court.  When you divorce, the marriage is formally ended and you may proceed with your life including marrying someone else.  With a legal separation you obviously cannot remarry. However, a decree of legal separation may be converted to a decree of marriage dissolution later on upon the request of either party.

There is a great deal more to understand from an experienced family attorney.  Before you make an important life-changing decision in the Seattle area call on Lyle M. Clark Jr., a professional family law attorney located in Bellevue, WA.  Call him on matters of family law and tap in to his 35+ years of experience at (425) 452-3092.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Smart Estate Planning.

When you are thinking ahead you are usually thinking smart.  Planning for the future of your family after you are gone is certainly no exception.  Who makes those future vital decisions that celebrate a life well lived?  Start with a clearly crafted, will written with all of the i’s dotted and t’s crossed and you have already achieved great peace of mind.

Some things to remember as you do –

1.  Don’t forget life insurance.  You don’t want expenses to pile up on your loved ones.
2.  We recommend durable powers of attorney so that someone can manage your financial affairs and make medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated.
3.  Discuss probate with your attorney.  Probate in Washington State CAN be as simple as filling out some forms and paying a few hundred dollars to have the papers filed.

All of this is the purvey of an experienced attorney.  That is why you call on the veteran expertise of someone who has been dealing with estates in the Seattle area for 35 years.  That man is Lyle M. Clark Jr. - a professional estate planning attorney located in Bellevue WA.  Call him on matters of estate planning from start to finish at (425) 452-3092.