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Arthur Colby Parks

Tacoma Estate Planning Attorney.

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  1. Can a person with dementia, who has been declared incompetent legally change their pre-existing will in Washington State?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Arthur Colby Parks
    2. Kelly Scott Davis
    3. James Marston Brown
    4. James P. Frederick
    5. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    What does the Court's Order finding the person with dementia to be legally incapacitated say? The Court may deny some or all of a person's rights and, occasionally, a Court may reserve a person's testamentary capacity: rare but possible. The specific language of the Order is essential.

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  2. I need an inheritance attorney bad...wealthy father died and his estate and practice are worth about 5 mil, also evil step mom

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Arthur Colby Parks
    2. Justin Eric Elder
    3. Gary Roger Waitzman
    3 lawyer answers

    You should contact an experienced probate attorney ASAP. There are many of us, on both sides of the mountains, who can help you. You are welcome to call for assistance or a referral.

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  3. My dad passed away a few weeks ago without a will and disputes over money is already happening! I need Probate law help!!!!

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Arthur Colby Parks
    2. Justin Eric Elder
    3. James D. Wade
    4. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    You are not liable, personally, for your father's debts: his estate is responsible. You should contact an experienced probate attorney in Washington for advice and be prepared to utilize the services of the attorney to assist you.

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  4. Is it true that having your will notarized with two witnesses in WA state keeps your estate out of probate?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Thomas Smith
    2. Joyce Stewart Schwensen
    3. Richard Paul Patrick
    4. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    5. Arthur Colby Parks
    5 lawyer answers

    The answer to your first question is no. While having your Last Will and Testament witnessed, and the witnesses' signatures notarized, helps prove that you may have a valid Will, the Will still must be admitted to probate. Additionally, simple "witnessing" may not be enough evidence to admit the Will. Did the witnesses testify to your capacity and freedom from undue influence? You should consult an experienced estate planning attorney in your area for advice. There are ways to effectively...

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  5. How do I protect my sister and I from my mothers estate going into probate with the State of Washington?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kevin Terry Steinacker
    2. Justin Eric Elder
    3. Arthur Colby Parks
    4. James P. Frederick
    4 lawyer answers

    I am sorry for your loss. You and/or your sister will have to submit your mother's estate to the court for administration and Washington's process is efficient and usually it is relatively inexpensive. One or both of you will be appointed to administer your mother's affairs in order for her house to be sold or title transferred to you and your sister. You should contact a Washington attorney familiar with the probate/estate administration process. Not every lawyer is experienced in estate...

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  6. Bank doesn't honor power of attorney and froze accounts.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Justin Eric Elder
    2. Arthur Colby Parks
    2 lawyer answers

    Without reviewing your friend's power of attorney it is almost impossible to know what you have to work with. Still, you may want to consider asking B of A for the phone number of their attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina, so that you can talk to them about why the local branch refuses to honor what, hopefully, is a valid power of attorney. (Remember that neither you nor I know, right now, whether it is a valid POA) You may also consider, with your friend's approval, contacting a local...

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  7. Have a copy of a signed will, don't know where original is. What are steps for the Executor to file & be appointed in Wash State

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kevin Terry Steinacker
    2. Matthew Erik Johnson
    3. Kelly Scott Davis
    4. Arthur Colby Parks
    4 lawyer answers

    There is a process to seek judgment on a lost will and to admit the signed copy you have. You should contact an experienced probate attorney for counsel.

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  8. What are the options available to an elderly lady living in shared housing with a mentally abusive parolee ?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Arthur Colby Parks
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Elizabeth. There should be free resources available at the King County Courthouse. Seek the advice of an experienced elder law attorney and consider seeking counsel regarding your options as a tenant: there may be a basis for enforcing terms of your rental agreement. Talk with the landlord. Do not suffer in silence.

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  9. I want to stay married but want to protect my assets from my gambling husband what can I do this is a community property state.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel Orville Kellogg
    2. Arthur Colby Parks
    2 lawyer answers

    You should consult with an experienced estate planning or family law attorney. There are strategies available to help you and, since your consent is required for the purchase of community real property (and acceptance of any community financial liability) your first step should be to seek legal counsel. You do have the option to say "no" to a purchase and loan that you do not want. Best of luck to you.

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  10. Can my 77 year old mom protect her home from being subjected to medicaid for long-term care in Washington State?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Lawrence A Friedman
    2. Eric Jerome Gold
    3. Robert E. Millsap III
    4. Arthur Colby Parks
    5. Stephen Wills Murphy
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with the answers offered and add, simply, that there is no "free lunch." Your mother's costs of care will have to be paid by someone somehow. Here in Washington, her home is an exempt asset for Medicaid purposes so transfers of any kind need to be considered thoughtfully. You should, of course, as stated, consult with an experienced elder law attorney. There are several in the Bellingham area.

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