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Estate planning basics for peace of mind By Nancy Slick
Worrying about what will happen to your belongings after you go, who will tend to your financial and health care decisions if you are incapacitated, whether (and which) life-sustaining treatment should be provided in your last days — these are the things that keep us awake at night. Who will take your children after you’re gone? How will your pets be cared for? What should become of your remains? Preparing your estate documents seems a daunting task. But the process is more painless and straightforward than you might expect. There are basic documents to consider and help is readily available. Your basic estate planning documents should include, at a minimum: a will, a power of attorney (one for financials and another for health care decisions), a health care directive and a document governing the disposition of your remains.
The basics of a will
Your will is the expression of your specific wishes regarding
attested by two or more competent witnesses. When the testator passes, the personal representative named in the will files the will with the court, whether or not probate proceedings will occur. Probate is not mandatory but can occur under certain circum-
the disposition of your estate. It is the fundamental “who gets what” of estate planning. In Washington, any person of sound mind who has attained the age of 18 may execute a will, which must be in writing and signed by the person making the will (the testator), as well as
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stances. If probate does occur, the court oversees administration of the estate. If a person passes away without a will, the assets of the estate will pass through intestate succession. The statutory provisions governing this means of administration outlines the order in
which surviving heirs will receive distributions from the estate. Because you will want your belongings to go to the people or organizations you want them to go to, getting your will done is essential so that your wishes will be clear. Washington also allows for the distribution of tangible personal property by means of a document that is separate from the will. When considering items to include, think grandma’s heirloom broach, the boat in the garage and that painting you did in the third grade. In other words, the property cannot be “real property” — real estate — or intangible property, such as bank accounts and stock holdings. The appeal of this document is that the testator may make handwritten changes to it without having to run out and round up a lawyer again.
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Death certificate total an important detail the funeral director receives the first notification that a person “What do I need them for?” is has died. the common reply I get whenever When the family comes in to I sit down with a family to make make funeral or cremation funeral or cremation arrangearrangements, the funeral direcments for their loved one and ask tor will ask them for information the question, about their loved one and will “How many certienter that information into fied death certifiWashington’s Electronic Death cates would you Registry System (EDRS). like me to order This system is linked with for you?” Social Security, and it automatiThis is a small cally “notifies” Social Security, as detail among the well as checks the deceased’s many decisions to Ticknor name against the Social Security be made, but it’s an important number to let the funeral direcone that always leads to a larger tor know if they match. conversation. The funeral director also assigns the death certificate to the What is a death certificate? deceased’s physician for their elecThe death certificate is a pertronic signature. The physician son’s final business document. It inputs the cause of death based on is official proof that they have their knowledge of their patient passed away and is how you close and their medical history. out the business end of life. Once that is complete, the A person’s death certificate County Health Department files starts at the funeral home when the death certificate and issues a By Douglas Ticknor
Burial or Cremation Permit that the funeral director uses to move forward with the arrangements the family has requested. Funeral directors also at that time order the number of certified copies of the death certificate the family has requested. Washington charges $20 for each certified copy. “Can’t I just make photocopies?” is usually the next question. Again, there’s no easy answer. Some places will accept a photocopy. Other places want to see a certified copy but will give it back to you, while others want to retain a certified copy. Death certificates are printed on special paper and when photocopied, the word “void” can clearly be seen on the photocopies.
Let’s discuss the most common uses for a death certificate. BANKS. You will need to take a certified death certificate to
each bank where the deceased had an account to close the account or remove them from a joint account. Most local banks will want to see the certified copy but will give it back to you. LIFE INSURANCE. You will need a certified copy for each policy to cash that policy out. They usually keep the certified copy. INVESTMENTS. You will need a certified death certificate to transfer these to a survivor. Things such as stocks, bonds and annuities require this document, and they will usually keep it. REAL ESTATE. You will need a certified death certificate for each county in which the deceased had property. The county registrar will usually keep it. PENSION/RETIREMENT. You will need a certified death certificate to cash these out.
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Each company is different, and you will need to ask if they will return the certificate to you. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. Your funeral director can assist you in obtaining a free certified death certificate for a military veteran if you bring in a copy of their DD-214 (discharge paper). You can then use this to apply for any military benefits they might have earned. DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES. You will want to take a certified death certificate in to transfer the titles of all vehicles or boats that the deceased had in their name. They will usually return the certified death certificate to you. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS). You will need a certified death certificate to file taxes for the year in which your loved one dies.
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the document that expresses your wishes should you later If the document is a “durable” come to be in a terminal or perpower of attorney, the appointmanent unconscious condition ment does not terminate if the where the application of life-susprincipal becomes incapacitated taining treatment would serve due, for example, to an impaironly to artificially prolong the ment in the ability to receive and process of dying. evaluate information or make or It allows you to choose that communicate decisions. treatment be withheld or withWhen contemplating which drawn and that you be permitted estate documents to put in place, it to die naturally. is common for a principal to name The document allows you to an agent for financial matters (so state that you either do want or when you are in Thailand for six do not want hydration, nutrition months someone can pay your elec- or ventilation. tric bill) and an agent for health The directive may be meshed care decisions (so if the surgeons with the power of attorney for want to poke around in your gizhealth care decisions so that zard while you lack capacity, some- your named agent may assist in one can hold them off because they determining what your specific know you would not want that). wishes would be under certain Powers of attorney can be circumstances. revoked and sometimes will be Disposition of remains accompanied by a blank revocaAnother document that is helption form so you can withdraw ful to have in place outlines your the power in the middle of the night without lying awake worry- wishes for disposition of your remains after you pass. ing about getting hold of a lawYour heirs might have firm yer in the morning. ideas of what they want or what Health care directive they thought you might have Your health care directive is said you wanted, but putting it in
writing ahead of time allays all doubt. The document will typically also allow you to indicate whether you have already purchased a plan for disposition of remains, something your heirs might not realize when the time arises for them to proceed to the decision-making stage.
When my father passed some years ago, he left behind a onepage letter outlining his philosophies of life, his love for his family and his wishes for the future. It was a delightful discovery and a real treasure to have now that he is gone. Documents like this, commonly known as legacy letters, are your voice to the future, sage advice to your spouse and children, words to the world. Even though you might have put in place all the legal documents that help your family navigate through end of life matters, having words from your heart and mind can be deeply meaningful and precious. Consider jotting down your
“Whichever documents you put in place, make sure your loved ones know you have created them, know where they are and have copies.”
Nancy Slick Attorney at law
personal values, life lessons and words of guidance and love for those you will leave behind.
Whichever documents you put in place, make sure your loved ones know you have created them, know where they are and have copies. If they don’t know the documents exist or don’t know where to find them, difficult and stressful matters may be complicated considerably. Tragedies can happen suddenly, and if your family members have to rush to a trauma center hours away and don’t have the papers needed by your medical team, or don’t even know you created them, you can imagine the added distress. It is possible to purchase some form documents online, but keep
in mind that they might not be up to date with current law and might not contain language to address your specific needs. When a client comes to me to see why a form will doesn’t give what was verbally promised, or words it in a way that do not have the legal effect intended, it’s too late to fix. Note, also, that the concepts outlined here are very general. The law governing estate matters are much more complex than is presented here, and this brief outline is intended to serve as food for thought to help you contemplate which documents you may wish to have completed. Attorney-at-law Nancy Slick has been practicing law since 1989. She can be contacted in Sequim at 360-626-3996 or at NancySlickLaw@gmail.com.
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certificates/from 4 The IRS will usually keep the certificate. DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING. You will want to take a certified death certificate along with their driver license to have them removed from this system. They usually will return both to you. UTILITIES. You will need a certified death certificate to transfer utilities out of the deceased’s name or to have utilities disconnected. They usually give you the document back. CELL PHONE. A photocopy is usually sufficient for most of the major carriers to discontinue the deceased’s account. SOCIAL SECURITY. Because the system is electronic, Social Security no longer needs to be sent an additional copy. That said, if there is a surviving spouse or a dependent child, you want to contact Social Security to obtain benefits. Their phone number is 800-7721213. CREDIT REPORTING COMPANIES. Since iden-
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tity theft is a problem, we recommend sending a photocopy of the death certificate to each of the three credit reporting companies. This protects your loved one’s identity from being used. You don’t need expensive anti-identity-theft “products” that you see advertised. Here is where to contact the companies: 1. Equifax: 800-6851111, P.O. Box 740256, Atlanta, GA 30374 2. Trans-Union: 800888-4213, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022 3. Experian: 888-3973742, P.O. Box 4500, Allen, TX 75013 Since each life is unique, so too will be the unique places you might need to use a death certificate. I hope this list helps as you make your plans. Since writing for Estate Planning in last year’s edition, my own mother
passed away. In the months leading up to her death, she prepared a simple spiral-bound notebook. Inside were all the contacts and places where she had business. She even listed her library card and a store video-rental card. While I didn’t need death certificates for these, it gave me peace of mind knowing that I was able to close out her accounts and protect her identity from being stolen and used. Douglas Ticknor is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with 26 years experience. He has for the past 14 years been with Drennan & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory in Port Angeles. Ticknor can be reached at 360-457-1210 or douglas@drennanford. com. For more information, visit www.drennanford.com or search on Facebook.
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Support charities, save taxes all at once Be sure to call your chosen organization ahead of time for its brokerage account. A number of simple strategies allow you The second way to give is a transfer on to support Habitat for Humanity of East death (TOD) account. Jefferson County or another favorite nonBy placing a TOD designation on your profit organization, while saving you taxes brokerage or investment account, that at the same time. account will be paid over to one or more Securities and mutual funds that have people or charities after your lifetime. increased in value and been held for more It is not necessary for the TOD designathan one year are one of the most popular tion to transfer all of the account solely to assets to use when making a charitable charity; you can designate a certain pergift. centage of the account. Making a gift of securities or mutual With a TOD account, the beneficiary funds offers the chance to support a nonyou name has no rights to the funds until profit’s work while realizing important after your lifetime. Until that time, you benefits for yourself. are free to use the money in the brokerage There are two popular ways to do this. account, to change the beneficiary or to The first is an outright gift. close the account. When you donate securities to Habitat If you are 70½ years or older, you have or another nonprofit, you receive the another tax-saving strategy to benefit same income tax savings that you would Habitat for Humanity or another favorite if you wrote a check, but with the added charity: You can give up to $100,000 from benefit of eliminating capital gains taxes your IRA directly to a qualified charity on the transfer, which can be as high as without having to pay income taxes on the 20 percent. money. Making a gift of securities to support a For some people, taking the required nonprofit’s mission is as easy as instructminimum distribution from their IRA ing your broker to transfer the shares. puts them into a higher tax bracket — By Jamie Maciejewski
something you might want to avoid. By directing your IRA custodian to send your distribution directly to your favorite charity, you can avoid this tax penalty while supporting a cause you care about. This makes your gift stretch further than it would otherwise, and you get the joy of seeing your gift at work during your lifetime. You can support a nonprofit with your IRA or other retirement plan regardless of your age or financial needs during retirement. Just name Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County or another nonprofit organization as a beneficiary of the account. This costs you nothing today, and you retain complete control over your account during your lifetime. As a nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County does not have to pay income or estate taxes on
the gift and can put 100 percent of your gift toward its mission. You might also want to consider naming your chosen charity as beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Recently, Habitat was the beneficiary of the estates of three different supporters. Through their foresight and planning, Annette, Ed and Robert all made sure their wishes were followed after their lifetimes, and the result is that three families are now working toward home ownership. They will pay affordable mortgages and their children will thrive in school thanks to the care of these special people. Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County is happy to discuss these or other options with you. Consult your tax or legal adviser for help with your specific situation. Always be sure to get the full legal name and tax number of the organization you wish to support; they should be happy to provide that to you or your adviser. Jamie Maciejewski has served as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County for 10 years.
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After years of saving and investing, you can finally see the big day of retirement. But before kicking back and relaxing, you still need to address a few matters. Chief among them is assessing how much retirement income you might need. To do this, you’ll need to consider your major costs in retirement, such as housing and health care, the estimated length of your retirement, whether you will have earned income, your desired retirement lifestyle and the rate of inflation. Next, you’ll need to identify all of your potential retirement income sources and review your asset allocation.
It might sound like a lot of work, but decisions made now could make the difference between your money outlasting you or vice versa.
Calculating your retirement needs
When retirement was years away, determining how much income you would need to sustain you in your golden years might have involved a lot of estimates. Now, you can likely be more accurate in your calculations. Consider the following factors: • Your home base: Do you intend to remain in your current home? If so, when will your mortgage be paid in full? Will you sell your current home and downsize to one of lesser value, or do you intend to “trade up”?
• The length of your retirement: The average 65-year-old man can now expect to live about 22 more years; the average 65-year-old woman, about 24 more years, according to research conducted by the Society of Actuaries. Have you accounted for a retirement of 20 or more years?
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Be sure you have decided inventory in your home Port Angeles Sequim Port Townsend Estate sale professionals does not warrant a two- or which items you plan to A skilled specialist can increase the number of understands the local buythree-day sale, a wellbring or have already 360 360 360 promised to someone so as rounded specialist can offer people who will attend the er’s market and knows how By Teresa Murphy
Peninsula Daily News/Sequim Gazette
YOU Can Make the
OLYMPIC DISCOVERY TRAIL An Enduring Part of Your Legacy!
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Announcing the Inauguration of
THE OLYMPIC DISCOVERY TRAIL ENDOWMENT FUND Since 1988, the Peninsula Trails Coalition (PTC) has spearheaded the creation of the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) and has led the work to maintain it as it grows to become a signature feature of the Olympic Peninsula, from Port Townsend to the Pacific. We are proud to announce this Endowment Fund as a new way for you to have an enduring impact in achieving the full ODT vision and of ensuring its maintenance and protection in perpetuity. This new endowment fund opportunity offers a completely flexible mechanism for you to support specific projects or activities, or to help us build our overall organizational capabilities. As you contemplate your legacy giving, we hope you will seriously consider The Olympic Discovery Trail Endowment Fund as one of your choices.
For more information, please visit our website at olympicdiscoverytrail.org, or contact us at PTCTreasurer@olympicdiscoverytrail.org.
Few people want to face their own mortality when they are in the prime of their lives; however, thinking ahead and making advanced plans can save family members considerable heartache. Life insurance policies can help men and women make things easier for their spouses, children and siblings. Life insurance provides financial security in the event of a person’s death. Such insurance is a key element of estate planning and something all adults must consider. It’s smart to purchase life insurance at a relatively young age because the cost can be lower. Some people put off the process because it can be overwhelming. But Forbes magazine advises that once a person does a little research and learns the terminology associated with life insurance, choosing a policy is not so difficult. • Determine the amount of insurance you will need. Make a list of expected expenses after you pass away. These might include any residual mortgage payments, school tuitions, automotive payments or funeral expenses. In addition, approximate how much your family will need to live comfortably in your absence. Online calculators can help determine life insurance coverage needs.
The New York Life Insurance Company says a quick way to figure out how much coverage you might need is to take your annual salary and multiply it by eight. • Decide on the type of policy. Life insurance policies come in two broad categories: term and whole life. Term life insurance might be less expensive up front, as it only provides coverage for a set number of years. It will only pay out if the policy holder dies during this “term.” Whole life insurance, also called “cash value,” usually costs more, but accumulates a cash value that can be borrowed against, and it pays out whenever a person passes away. • Choose among reputable companies. You want to ensure the life insurance company you pick will be around for years and has a strong reputation, so give ample consideration to each company you explore before making a final decision. • Know the waiting period. Many policies establish a period of time on policies wherein there is very little cash-out value and the company will not pay out the full death benefit. This might be a year or two after opening the policy. Discuss this information with the insurance agent. Life insurance can be a smart financial choice, helping men and women rest easy knowing their families will want for nothing in the wake of their deaths.
Peninsula Daily News/Sequim Gazette
The love of a pet enriches our lives.
Creating a legacy plan for companion pets
Make a Difference with Planned Giving
By Danette Grady
Our Legacy: The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has been an integral part of our com-
As a pet guardian, have you considered what will happen to your pets when you are no longer here? They have depended on you to provide for all of their needs, so you’ll need to have a plan in place that will give you peace of mind knowing your loved companions will always be cared for. Identify caregivers — people who are willing to responsibly care for your pets after an emergency — as well as those willing to adopt your pet should you die or become incapacitated. Carefully choose people you trust who will do what is in the pet’s best interest, including appropriate veterinary treatment. Keeping in mind that people’s life situations change, also identify an alternate caregiver. Make sure they understand and are willing to accept this critical responsibility. Write down step-by-step instructions explaining how your pets should be taken care of. Does the pet have a medical condition, special diet, exercise routine or behavioral habits? Include their medical history and your veterinarian’s name and number. Be sure to tell your family and friends where these instructions are kept. It’s of vital importance to set up a fund for your pets that will cover food, supplies, medical and dental care, grooming, etc. Consider your current expenses for all their care and their life expectancy. It’s best to guarantee your wishes are followed by making formal arrangements
munity since 1947. Over the years we have transitioned into a progressive animal welfare organization with a save rate of 94% in recent years and a policy that every adopted animal is spayed or neutered before it goes to its new home. Because of our commitment to the animals in our care and to our community as a whole, we believe OPHS is making Clallam County a better place for animals to live now and in the future.
Your Gift: Making a charitable gift to OPHS is mutually beneficial. Our advisors can help you
make the most of potential tax benefits and income opportunities. Most important, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped animals in need. Giving options include:
Making a one-time or multi-year gift • Naming OPHS as a beneficiary of your estate through a bequest Designating OPHS as your IRA or life insurance beneficiary • Making a planned gift such as a charitable trust Donating investment assets such as stocks, bonds or real estate with an attorney and drawing up a will, trust or other documents that specify the details of care. Carry an I.D. card in your wallet listing the number, names and types of animals in your home, your vet and designated caregiver’s name and phone number. Also, post emergency pet contact information in an easily seen spot in your home. List your name and phone numbers, the number and type of animals in your home with a brief description of the pet, location of pet food and medications, and veterinarian and caregiver names and numbers. Following these guidelines will help to ensure your companion animals will receive the loving care you want for them for the remainder of their lives.
Our Vision: Every adoptable companion animal in Clallam County finds a forever home. Our Mission: To provide the highest level of compassionate care for the animals entrusted to us, to reduce companion animal overpopulation and to be a leader in promoting humane values and education to benefit all animals.
1743 Old Olympic Hwy. - P.O. Box 3124, Port Angeles, WA 98362 • www.ophumanesociety.org
Danette Grady has been the executive director of Peninsula Friends Of Animals for four years. A portion of this material has been reprinted with permission of 2nd Chance For Pets.
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