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Posts Tagged ‘do it yourself estate planning’

Estate Planning Workshop – Seattle February 3rd & Redmond February 10th.

Posted by sitlanilaw on January 19, 2010


I wanted to let you know that I am presenting an Estate Planning workshop on two different dates in February. First on Wednesday February 3rd from 5-7pm at the Mosaic Coffeehouse in Seattle, and second, on Wednesday February 10th from 5-7pm at Thinkspace in Redmond.

The goal of this workshop is to provide information about Estate Planning in Washington State. Please see information below for details.

If you plan to come, feel free to RSVP on either the event link on or via e-mail to

If this event would be of interest to friends, colleagues or clients, please feel free to pass this message along!


Estate Planning Workshop for Business Owners, Financial Professionals and Others.

Join attorney David Ravi Sitlani for an informative workshop covering estate planning in Washington State.

In many cases, an entrepreneur’s business is their primary asset. Because of this fact estate planning is critical in ensuring that a business owner and their family are adequately protected by having the right documents in place.

Even if you are not an entrepreneur or solopreneur, having a current estate plan is still critically important because it allows you to name guardians for your kids and take other steps to protect your family and give yourself peace-of-mind.

Though you may currently have a will, trust, or power-of-attorney, it is important for you to understand your estate planning documents to ensure that they still reflect your wishes and are current with Washington law.

This workshop will begin with an introduction to the basics of Estate Planning including the importance of a Power-Of-Attorney, the difference between a Will and a Trust, and the “default” estate plan….or not planning at all.

We will then discuss more complex issues including:
-The Federal & Washington State Death Tax.
-Planning Beyond the Basics for the Business Owner.

This workshop is intended to be free-flowing and interactive so please come with plenty of questions!

February 3, 2010, 5-7pm at the Mosaic Coffeehouse, 4401 2nd Ave NE
Seattle, Washington 98105

February 10, 2010, 5-7pm at Thinkspace in Redmond, 8201 164th Ave NE
Redmond, Washington 98052.–0


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The Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

Posted by sitlanilaw on September 2, 2009

In the current economy, many individuals are considering DIY, or do-it-yourself, Estate Planning.  While this is certainly a way in which an individual can save some money there are certainly some pitfalls associated with drafting your own Estate Planning documents.  Below I will discuss two of the main reasons why DIY Estate Planning is risky.

For one, the legal profession has its peculiarities, nuances and, of course very particular laws that must be followed.  Lawyers are trained to navigate these rules for their clients to ensure that their clients’ needs are met.  In the case of drafting wills, trusts or other Estate Planning documents there are a number of formalities that must be followed to ensure that the document will be respected by the court.  If certain rules or formalities are not met then it is possible that a will or other Estate Planning document could be challenged in court.  If a challenge occurs then it is possible that the Estate and assets will not be distributed as intended.

Of course the formality of drafting documents is only one of the issues.  Another issue deals with objectivity.  For example, when I meet with clients and develop an estate plan I go through a detailed process to determine the Estate Planning needs of my client.  Oftentimes it is through this process that a client and I discover an issue regarding a client’s Estate Plan that the client never considered.  I believe that an attorney’s objectivity and thorough questioning is an important step in the Estate Planning process that the Do-It-Yourselfer may not go through.

The goal with Estate Planning is to ensure that your needs are met, that your family will be provided for in the event of your death, and that, when the process is complete, you not only have a good understanding of the Estate Planning documents that have been put in place, but that through the process you have peace of mind that you have protected your family.

The above information is not intended to provide the reader with any legal advice.  Please contact an attorney licensed to practice in your state with any legal questions. Using this blog does not create an attorney client relationship between you and The Law Offices of David Ravi Sitlani.

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