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OUR MISSION

To help everyone create a personalized estate plan at an affordable price with ease

OUR VISION

We believe that everyone – single, married, divorced, widowed, with or without children – should have an estate plan, which allows people to provide for loved ones upon passing.

 

Contrary to popular misconception, creating an estate plan does not require you to have big house, a lot of money, or large assets.  Your estate plan consists of everything you own when you pass, including your home, investments, bank accounts, retirement plans, vehicles, personal property, and any interests in a business or partnership.

If you die without a will or living trust, state law dictates how most of your belongings are to be distributed, and the result may not be what you would want.  The division could lead to your loved ones not being cared for adequately, disputes between your family members and relatives, probate, or even court proceedings which may freeze the distribution of your assets to those who may need it the most at the time of your passing.

 

Having an estate plan in place will allow you to choose competent executors or trustees and give them the necessary authority to act on your behalf.  Good estate planning can also minimize the costs of transferring property to your designated beneficiaries, leaving them more money. 

 

If you own a business, you can also provide for an orderly succession and continuation of business operations. 

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ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS

Will and Last Testament: This distributes property and assets according to your wishes.  It also appoints a representative or administrator to handle your estate after you pass.  Having a Will can help avoid family disputes and conflicts after you pass. 

 

Durable Power of Attorney: This allows you to appoint a person to make certain decisions on your behalf. 

 

Cremation Instructions: This allows you to appoint a person to specifically carry out your wishes for cremation and disposition of ashes. 

 

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care: This allows you to appoint a person to make certain health care decisions and is not affected in the event of disability.

 

Health Care Directive: This provides instructions and makes known your desire for artificially prolonged circumstances.

 

Uniform Donor Pledge: This provides specific instructions for any anatomical gifts you may wish to make. 

 

Digital Estate Form: This helps organize and index your digital property and assets.   

 

Community Property Agreement: This is an agreement between married spouses for outlining the disposition of community property upon one spouse’s passing.

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INDIVIDUAL
PLANNING 

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ESTATE PLAN #1 ($200)

This plan consists of a Durable Power of Attorney and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.  This is recommended only for those who want to appoint a person to make certain decisions should anything happen to you.  This is not a Will.  The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is specifically for health care decisions and is not affected in the event of disability.

ESTATE PLAN #2 ($500)

This plan consists of a Will, which distributes property and assets according to your wishes. It also appoints a representative or administrator to handle your estate after you pass. Having a Will can help avoid family disputes and conflicts after you pass. 

ESTATE PLAN #3 ($900)

This plan is your comprehensive estate plan and all you need to have your affairs in order.  It consists of a Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Cremation Instructions, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Health Care Directive, Uniform Donor Pledge, and Digital Estate Form.

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MARRIED COUPLES
PLANNING 

ESTATE PLAN #1 ($350)

This plan consists of two Durable Powers of Attorney and two Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care.  This is recommended only for those who want to appoint a person to make certain decisions should anything happen to you.  This is not a Will.  The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is specifically for health care decisions and is not affected in the event of disability.

ESTATE PLAN #2 ($800)

This plan consists of two Wills (one per spouse).  A Will distributes property and assets according to your wishes.  It also appoints a representative or administrator to handle your estate after you pass.  Having a Will can help avoid family disputes and conflicts after you pass. 

ESTATE PLAN #3 ($1,600)

This plan is your comprehensive estate plan and all you need to have your affairs in order.  It consists of two Wills, two Durable Powers of Attorney, two Cremation Instructions, two Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care, two Health Care Directives, two Uniform Donor Pledges, a Community Property Agreement, and two Digital Estate Forms. 

The 2 commons trusts are a Revocable Living Trust and a Real Estate Trust.

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Revocable Living Trust
  • Allows you to name a trustee to manage your assets during your lifetime and upon your passing

  • You can manage the assets by placing them in a trust and keep them available to you during your life

  • You can revoke it at any time

  • A married couple will have a joint Revocable Living Trust

  • This trust is complex and is designed to lower taxes, fees, and costs as well as avoid probate

  • Our rates for a Revocable Living Trust depend on complexity and need

  • Not everyone needs a Revocable Living Trust. Call us today at (206) 259-1259 or e-mail us to see if a Revocable Living Trust is right for you.

Real Estate Trust
  • This trust is specific to any real estate or home that you own

  • Instead of or in addition to a Revocable Living Trust, you can provide specific instructions and directives regarding your home

  • Names you, the owners, as both the Grantor and Trustee and you have all rights to the home

  • Our rates depend on the complexity and the county where the home is located

"Working with Ada was phenomenal. She is very intelligent and a great listener. I never had any doubts and was confident knowing she was there to assist me and was on my side. She is professional and a force to be reckoned with. My wife made several attempts to consult with other lawyers over the phone before attaining one for hire. She stated that when she spoke to Ada on the phone, Ada was asking key questions about our situation, was upfront, and tactical. This in turn lead to a great experience. Ada, my family and I thank you for all you did! We appreciate [the] effort you put into what you accomplished. Thanks."    - Client

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ABOUT ADA WONG

Wills & Trusts Lawyer Ada Wong is committed to helping people make life - and after - simple. She believes that everyone should have their assets and property distributed the way they wish.  As such, Ada offers different packages for this planning.  She keeps her prices low and competitive to provide access to everyone to a knowledgeable lawyer when engaging in this very important process.  

 

Having a Will and other estate planning documents at an early age is vital and can make the world of difference for those you love and care for in unfortunate or unexpected circumstances.  Ada wants to make this easy, simple, and affordable for all.  

Education

J.D., University of Washington School of Law

B.A., University of California, Davis  

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English

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Estate Planning Lawyer Ada Wong
FAQ
What is a Will?

A will or last testament is a legal document that determines who your property will be distributed to when you pass.  It also allows you to choose who will care for your minor children and name an executor or administrator to oversee the distribution of your property and assets. Not all of your assets can be controlled by a will (for instance, community property in a state that recognizes community property, property interests with a right of survivorship, and certain retirement and insurance benefits, etc.).​

In Washington, a will, or last testamentary, is generally required to be in writing, signed by the person executing the will plus two witnesses, and to name who will receive what property. A notarized will is considered “self-proven,” meaning that witnesses will not need to testify to its authenticity in court for it to take effect. Although you are not required to consult a lawyer for your will to have legal effect, many aspects of property law are very complex (for example, disinheriting an estranged family member or donating a large sum to a specific charity) and should be addressed with the help of an estate planning lawyer. The last thing you want is to not be able to adequately care for your loved ones or create conflicts between your friends, relatives, and family members in the event something happens to you.

Should I have a Will?

Yes. If you do not have a will when you pass, you do not necessarily have control over who will inherit your property. Without a will, your estate will be subject to “intestacy” laws, which is where the state uses a fixed set of rules to determine how your property is distributed, and rules vary by states. In some scenarios, intestacy requires dividing property between family members, such as a spouse, children, siblings, and parents. The possibility of resulting legal disputes could have consequences you never intended, such as the forced sale of your home. The way to avoid these issues and unintended consequences, and control your assets is to have a will in which you designate where your property and assets are to be distributed and to whom.

What If I Only Have Limited Assets?

As long as you have assets, you should have a will. Also, many people do not update or revise their wills in a timely manner. If you think you may acquire additional property or assets during your lifetime, you should have a will - a simple one will suffice. Your will can specifically name who will receive heirlooms and other items of sentimental value (for example, watches, jewelry, handbags, etc.). Regardless of the value of your assets, having a will can reduce the chance that your loved ones will have to manage complicated and frustrating legal issues if you pass unexpectedly.  

What is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

A will does not transfer any of your property until you die. A living trust can. A living trust involves placing your property with a “trustee” while you are alive so it can be transferred to beneficiaries (such as children or grandchildren), and it can potentially lessen legal and tax burdens. Your trustee will manage the assets specified in your trust if you suffer an unexpected serious illness or other incapacitation. You can name yourself as the trustee.


There are several different types of trust, each with a different purpose or goal. Some trusts allow you certain benefits while you are living. An advantage shared by having a will and having a living trust is avoiding the potential complications of intestacy – state-determined distribution of your assets. However, with a living trust, you can avoid probate.

Difference between Will and Trust
Do I Need a Will and a Trust?

This depends on your assets and your goals. While you should have a will, a living trust requires that you transfer assets to a trustee while you are living, and this person can be yourself. Even if you have a living trust, you should have a will to cover the assets that are not placed in your trust. It is best to speak with a lawyer if you have specific wishes for your property when you die or have a complicated estate. Consulting with a professional is the best way to help you decide whether to place assets in a trust and, if so, what kind of property can be placed in a trust.

What is a "Holographic Will"?

A “holographic will” is a will written by hand, without the use of a computer or other typing implement. While there are some conditions under which a holographic will may be recognized in Washington State, such a will is more likely to be challenged and thus leads to legal complications. Because the issues are complex, it is best to consult an attorney with any serious questions about a living will or holographic will.

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