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Estate Planning Services
for Washington Families

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Through clear explanations and a posture of understanding, Christal Hillstead Law creates estate plans focused on informed choices and streamlined customization, reflecting your unique family and priorities. Additional counsel is also included for recommended steps to transition your created plan from a stack of documents to a working plan.

 

My estate planning packages are structured with a flat fee. What I love about this arrangement is that it provides predictability for you, and allows me to focus more time on what I most enjoy, creating the perfect plan for you. With the flat fee, you will know your exact cost up front and never have to wonder whether reaching out to me with a question or additional information is going to cost you more money!

 

The 1821 Collection

The 1821 Collection is a reduced-cost estate planning package for newly-turned adults (18-21 year olds), particularly appropriate for college-bound students. When a child turns 18, there are legal rights transferred from parents to the now-adult child, including rights related to health care and financial matters. This Collection includes an Education Time for young adults, so they can learn about these newly-acquired rights and how to exercise them.

Based on decisions about how to exercise these rights, documents are prepared — documents specifically tailored for young adults (understandable provisions necessary for this life stage - but without the unnecessary!). These documents address health care and financial-related rights and include:

• Health Care Durable Power of Attorney
• Health Care Directive (living will)
• Financial Durable Power of Attorney
• Will
These documents are generally explained here.
These documents as they relate to 18-21 year olds are discussed here.

This Collection also covers an Education Time at the signing of the documents to discuss recommended steps particular for college-bound students, so the plan that is set up to work well.

 

The Family Collection

The Family Collection is an estate planning package specifically tailored for families with children. This Collection includes an Education Time to explain how children would be cared for without a plan, and to discuss how parents would like their children cared for. Just as each family is unique, choices for how parents would like their children cared for is unique. Considerations include values parents would like passed on and how parents would like children cared for physically and financially, short-term and long-term, and when children are both younger and older.

Documents included are:

• Health Care Durable Power of Attorney
• Health Care Directive (living will)
• Financial Durable Power of Attorney
• Will
• Designated Agent and Disposition of Remains
• Community Property Agreement (whether this document is appropriate can be discussed)
These documents are generally explained here.
These documents as they relate to minor children are discussed here.

This Collection also includes an Education Time at the signing of the documents to discuss additional recommended steps, so the choices made are carried out as desired. The goal is to not just have a stack of documents, but a plan that is set up to work well.

(Note that if your estate is taxable, there are additional provisions and possible documents required; if this applies to your situation, we will consider any unique recommendations for your plan. For 2019, each person’s estate under $11,400,000 is exempt from federal estate tax, and each person’s estate under $2,193,000 is exempt from Washington State estate tax).

 
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Individual and Couple Collections

These Collections are estate planning packages specifically tailored for individuals and couples. This Collection includes an Education Time to discuss the indvidual’s or couple’s choices for incapacity or end-of-life considerations. Discussions also include care for any pets.

These collections include the following documents:

• Health Care Power of Attorney
• Financial Power of Attorney
• Health Care Directive
• Will
• Community Property Agreement (whether this document is appropriate can be discussed)
• Designated Agent and Disposition of Remains
These documents are generally explained here.

This Collection also includes an Education Time at the signing of the documents to discuss additional recommended steps, so the choices made are carried out as desired. The goal is to not just have a stack of documents, but a plan that is set up to work well.

(Note that if your estate is taxable, there are additional provisions and possible documents required; if this applies to your situation, we will consider any unique recommendations for your plan. For 2019, each person’s estate under $11,400,000 is exempt from federal estate tax, and each person’s estate under $2,193,000 is exempt from Washington State estate tax).

Get Everything in Place for You and Your Family.

 
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