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SUMMER ASSOCIATE REFLECTIONS, WRITTEN BY ALAYNA M. PIWONSKI

JUNE 2020-BOARD OF DIRECTOR STATEMENT REGARDING COMMUNITY EVENTS

LUKINS & ANNIS, P.S. MOURNS THE LOSS OF GENE ANNIS, RETIRED FOUNDER OF THE FIRM, WHO PASSED THIS WEEK SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY.

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: WHAT STEPS CAN I TAKE TO MINIMIZE RISK AND UNCERTAINTY IF I END UP IN A CONSTRUCTION DISPUTE?

Charles Hausberg  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: WHAT ARE UNIQUE ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE OFFICE LEASES?

Joe Romberg  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLAN ERRORS

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: ESTATE PLANNING

David Webster  

LOCAL NEWS: INVESTIGATION REOPENED IN DEATH OF BICYCLIST RYAN HOLYK

Mike Maurer  

LOCAL NEWS: IN HOLYK CASE, SCIENTIST'S TESTIMONY DOESN'T SQUARE WITH INVESTIGATORS' STATEMENTS

Mike Maurer  

LOCAL NEWS: EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL SETTLES PATIENT DEATH LAWSUIT FOR $360,000

Mike Franklin   Kelly Konkright  

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: HOW WILL YOU BE REMEMBERED? LEADING BY DOING AND THE WELL-LIVED LIFE

SPECIAL REPORT BILL HYSLOP: ENSURING ACCESSIBLILITY

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL "LEGAL" RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR?

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: THE RISING COST OF LITIGATION AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - EASEMENTS

WILLIAM HYSLOP SWORN IN AS WSBA PRESIDENT

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - HIPAA

L&A IN LOCAL NEWS> HOLYK'S DNA FOUND ON PATROL CAR; SHERIFF DENIES THAT DEPUTY HIT BICYCLIST

Mike Maurer  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - PROBATE

Tom Culbertson  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - WHAT VALUE DOES A BUSINESS ATTORNEY BRING TO MY COMPANY?

Paul Davis  

IDAHO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE COMPLIMENTS WINNING LUKINS & ANNIS ATTORNEY IN TRUST LITIGATION

LUKINS & ANNIS CLIENT OBTAINS REVERSAL OF INJUNCTION ON LAND USER RESTRICTIONS BY THE IDAHO SUPREME COURT

Michael Hines  

LUKINS & ANNIS CLIENT OBTAINS DISMISSAL OF HOME OWNER'S LAWSUIT BY DIVISION III OF THE WASHINGTON STATE COURT OF APPEALS

LUKINS & ANNIS CLIENT OBTAINS SIGNIFICANT 9TH CIRCUIT DECISION AGAINST RED LION HOTEL FRANCHISOR UNDER WASHINGTON FRANCHISE INVESTMENT PROTECTION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACTS

Mike Maurer  
ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - PROBATE

Tom Culbertson

Question: How Do I Avoid Probate?

Answer: Clients frequently ask how they can avoid probate, and my usual response is to determine first whether they really need to avoid probate. In almost every case, the answer is "No." Both Washington and Idaho have "unsupervised" probates, meaning that no court oversees the probate process and the executor is free to administer the estate and settle its affairs. Depending upon the circumstances, dealing with a decedent's estate can be quick and painless, or it can sometimes be a long, complicated process, but in the latter event probate is never to blame.

Estate planning is all about doing what is right for the family, and sometimes there are difficult issues which need to be resolved. Fortunately, avoiding probate is not one of them. It is important to consult with an experienced estate planning attorney to determine what is most appropriate for your family's particular situation.

Tom Culbertson is an attorney with the law firm of Lukins & Annis where his practice includes estate planning, probate, trusts, estate dispute resolution, closely held businesses and business succession planning.

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