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Archive for January, 2011

Success = Teamwork 01.18.2011

A necessary element in operating a successful small business is to ensure that you surround yourself with other businesses that can enable your success. As lawyers, we work with accountants, financial advisers, insurance agents, bankers, and other service providers, including other attorneys, on a daily basis. Whether in Battle Ground or Snoqualmie, we could not serve our clients without the help of many other Clark and King County businesses.

One such business that we’d like to send a big “Thank You” to is Pipe & Tabor LLC – a brilliant graphic design business located in Vancouver, Washington. Owned and operated by Brian Gage, Pipe & Tabor is a branding and web design firm that has worked with many quality Washington and Oregon businesses, including Joner Lindberg Baker! By helping us create and implement our unique brand of lawyering and building our web site, Pipe & Tabor has helped us get the message out that our law firm is a bit different than other firms out there. Go to to check out some of the other fantastic work the gang at Pipe & Tabor has accomplished. If you need help with branding your business and or need some web design work accomplished, give Brian a call.

If you have other businesses that help make you successful (including law firms!), send them a note of thanks or take them out for lunch.

Anyone Can Make Mistakes 01.07.2011

Often times clients I talk with about estate planning feel like they’re the only ones in the world who are not doing a great job with their planning. That’s just not the case. Here are some examples of others who have made some of the most common planning mistakes:

“I’ve Got Time . . .”
It’s easy to put off making important decisions. In fact, some people put it off for so long, they never actually get around to making the decision at all.

Peter the Great held off on doing his estate planning until he was on his death bed. Unfortunately, all me could manage to say before he died was, “Leave it all to . . .”

Howard Hughes was worth several billion dollars when he died. Because he had never written a will, a court distributed his estate to his cousins.

Naming the Wrong People
When choosing who to name in your Will and Powers of Attorney, think carefully.

Doris Duke, of the family that founded Duke University, died without heirs but with a fortune of over a billion dollars. She named her butler as the executor of her estate, and it wasn’t long before the lawyers and the courts had to sort through the incompetence and financial abuse (at a huge cost) before removing the butler as executor.

Proper planning can make a huge difference in what happens to your estate when you pass away. If you have questions about your Will or Trust, give us a call.