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Port Orchard Law

Seward & Associates, Attorneys at Law, is pleased to announce our new association with Port Orchard Law.

Port Orchard Law is a firm dedicated to providing important Estate Planning services to the elder communities of Port Orchard and South Kitsap!

It’s a sign.

The new backlit signage that was recently installed at the Bethel Rd office is a sign (pun intended) of our commitment to continue serving Port Orchard and nearby communities. We’re pretty excited about the new sign and how easily it is seen at night.

holiday greetings

Holiday Greetings!

holidayWishing all of our clients, friends and associates a Great Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Congratulations — We’ve all had to deal with the pandemic and many of us have continued to thrive. We appreciate your business throughout these challenging years and hope this newsletter finds you and your family well!

End of Life

Making End of Life changes to a will

End of Life

Making End Of Life changes to a will.

The following represents an actual call regarding someone making end-of-life decisions while in hospice. The question our caller asked illustrates a common problem for those individuals that fail to plan for their own cognitive decline.

Q:  I’ve been providing end-of-life care for my Elderly Friend. She expressed gratitude for the care and wanted to include me in her will but is currently in hospice, is not ambulatory, and is mentally incompetent. What can we do to meet her wishes?

A: If the Elderly Friend has executed a General Durable Power of Attorney (a “GDPOA”), then the Appointed Agent under the GDPOA can carry out her wishes, either through a contract to pay for the services, or to execute a codicil if the powers are specifically enumerated in the GDPOA. RCW 11.125.240 provides the Appointed Agent with broad powers to carry out her wishes.

Conclusion: The Elderly Friend did not have a GDPOA and due to her incompetency, she could not execute a GDPOA at this time. It was too late. Unfortunately, her wishes could not be carried out and court options were cost prohibitive. Proper estate planning could have avoided this result.

We hope these estate planning tips are helpful as we are dedicated to protect what you have earned!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free estate planning consultation, please contact us at 360.876.6425 or by email at richardsewardlaw@gmail.com

Foreclosure Fairness on the Radio

Richard Seward was a guest on the popular Dr. Pat radio show in Seattle. Hear what he had to say about the Foreclosure Fairness Act. The full interview also includes Rick’s son Adam, but this audio has been shortened to focus mostly on Rick’s discussion of how the Foreclosure Fairness Act works for homeowners in distress.
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To listen to the full audio including more of the discussion with Adam go to the Dr. Pat show and search for Richard Seward or Adam Seward. This broadcast is dated 04/28/11 11:30AM