The answer is everyone. Many people feel they are too young or they do not have enough assets for a Last Will and Testament. Others may feel they are too healthy for a Health Care Directive or a Power of Attorney. Yet is it really ever too early to start planning for your loved ones’ peace of mind?
It is easy to think of estate planning as simply having a Last Will and Testament in place, but it is so much more than that. Having a properly planned estate ensures that not only will your needs and wishes will be met, but that your loved ones will continue to be cared long after you have passed. A properly set up Trust can provide money to your young child for their education once they reach a certain age. A Health Care Directive can take the burden of hard decisions off of your family during trying times.
While it can seem overwhelming, an estate plan is something that should be established sooner rather than later. Although there are “do-it-yourself” estate planning forms, they only cover the minimum requirements and cannot be customized. Based on the complexity of your estate, you may find that the DIY forms will not meet your needs. Establishing a personalized estate plan from the start will help avoid many headaches later on.
If you are not sure about whether or not an estate plan is right for you, your best option is to speak with an attorney. Take our quick quiz below to see if it might be a good option for you!
- Are you 18 years of age or older?
- Are you married?
- If yes to #2, do you own any separate property?
- Do you own any personal property?
- Do you have any children?
- If yes to #5, do you wish to choose a guardian for them?
- Do you own a home?
- Do you have specific wishes regarding the use of life support?
- Would you prefer to be buried or cremated?
- Do you wish to control the disposition of your assets?
- Do you wish to decide who will act as Personal Representative for your estate?
- Do you have any of the following: stocks, bonds, IRA accounts, bank accounts, or life insurance?
- Do you have any loved ones that require special needs?
If you answered yes to at least two of the above questions, you should consider beginning your estate planning process.
Please feel free to contact us today at (425) 450-5000 for help with all your estate planning needs.
In the early 2000s, Better Buzz Coffee started selling premium coffee out of a single kiosk. In the following years, Better Buzz played an integral role in helping establish San Diego’s craft coffee revolution, which in turn contributed to the company’s growth and emergence as a market leader. Currently, Better Buzz serves nearly all of San Diego’s coastal communities, with six full-service coffee shops ranging from Point Loma to Encinitas. It also operates its own roasting facility in San Marcos where it roasts all of its beans to ensure freshness—this uniquely sets it apart from its competitors.
Romero Park is proud to be a part of the Better Buzz team, and we were honored to recently help them celebrate the opening of their two newest locations in Point Loma and Encinitas in 2015. We would also like to congratulate Better Buzz on recently becoming a CCOF and USDA certified organic roaster. We wish them continued success in the years to come!
For more information about Better Buzz, visit their website at www.betterbuzzcoffee.com or visit one of their six locations: Point Loma, Mission Beach, Mission Valley, Pacific Beach, Encinitas, or San Marcos.
Coffey Chiropractic has been helping people in and around Auburn live better lives through chiropractic for over 30 years! Dr. John Coffey and his wife Pauline started the practice back in the early 1980s and have built a reputation in the community for providing expert, caring treatment that sets people and families on the path towards total health. There is little doubt that the key to their great success over the years is their love for their patients and the impact their work has on the lives of their friends and family in the community. We are proud to work with Coffey Chiropractic and wish them continued success in the coming years.
For more information on Coffey Chiropractic visit their website at http://www.coffeychiropractic.com/.
Troy has just earned the “AV Preeminent” rating from his peer reviewers on Martindale-Hubbell. Below are the descriptions of the three ratings from the Martindale-Hubbell website:
What are the different ratings?*
Ratings are based on an average of the scores provided by peer reviewers, as follows:
- AV Preeminent®: The highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that the lawyer’s reviewed peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.
- Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM: An excellent rating for a lawyer with some experience. This rating indicates the attorney is widely respected by their reviewed peers for high professional achievement and ethical standards.
- Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM:This rating indicates that the lawyer has been recognized by a large number of their reviewed peers for strong ethical standards.
Just over 20 years ago Steve Amento and Mike Corke started their own construction consulting company. We were privileged to assist them in creating their company and putting together the organizational documents to get them started. Over the past 20 years we have had the privilege of serving as their outside business counsel and have watched them grow and develop into a very strong and established consulting company in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to providing construction consulting they have become recognized experts in construction management, architectural services, and claim analysis. We have used the Amento Group as our expert witnesses in many complex construction disputes and they have, without fail, delivered superior work product and excellent analysis. Even more important than their work though is their integrity. They are, simply put, good people — the salt of the earth! We congratulate Amento Group on 20 years of business and wish then continued success in the years to come!
For more information on Amento Group visit their website at http://amentogroup.com.
Come join us on Wednesday, November 13th for our very special Ribbon Cutting with the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce! Also, for the month of November, please drop by to donate a new box of Crayola Crayons for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. For more details, check out our Facebook or Twitter!!!
Romero Park is pleased to announce that Jessica Barcz has joined our Bellevue, Washington office as a Legal Assistant. Jessica was born and raised in Colorado just outside of Denver and come to us after graduating from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology. She also recently graduated from the Paralegal program at University of Washington last June. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing with her dogs, and hanging out with her family. Jessica is also a Dive Master. She has been diving since she was 15; diving in the Carribean, Tahiti, Tonga, Hawaii and of course her home state, Colorado. One of her greatest experiences, she says, was free diving to check a system of caves to see how often they were being used and by which shark. How awesome!!
We are ecstatic to have Jessica on our team and Justin is very excited to have her as his assistant and looks forward to working with her.
Next time you call the firm’s Pacific Northwest office, be sure to say hello.
Romero Park P.S. is pleased to announce that Chris Powell has joined our San Diego, California office as an associate attorney. Chris graduated magna cum laude from California Western School of Law in 2012. While in law school, Chris served as Editor-in-Chief of the California Western Law Review. He also won numerous academic awards, including awards for attaining the highest grade in his class in Civil Procedure, Evidence, Business Organizations, Sports Law, and Legal Skills. Chris also wrote a scholarly comment, which was published in 2011 and won an award for its contributions to the legal community.
As some of you may know Chris was a law clerk at the firm before joining us. Chris will continue his practice of business law with an emphasis on contracts and dispute resolution. Chris also practices sports law, including premises liability and co-participant liability.
Chris brings a unique skillset to our firm. Prior to entering the field of law, Chris travelled the world as a professional mountain biker. He represented the United States at the 2004 World Mountain Bike Championships where he finished eighth. After retiring from cycling, Chris served as a coach and equipment manager for BMX cyclists who won Silver and Bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
From these experiences, Chris developed a unique understanding of the recipe for success: preparation, dedication, teamwork, and execution. This translates well to the practice of law, as Chris applies the same methodical approach he used to excel as a professional athlete to help his clients achieve their goals when entering into new opportunities or resolving disputes.
Please join us in welcoming Chris Powell to the firm. His contact info is (858) 592-0065. Chris can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
You might have noticed a new voice as you have phoned in to Romero Park’s Pacific Northwest office over the last several months. This new voice is the firm’s newest staff member, Sharree’ Dame.
Sharree’ is a native of Washington State and coming from Lacey, WA. When she is not managing the firm’s front office, she enjoys riding motorcycles, reading, and spending time with her family. She recently graduated from DeVry University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Network Communications and Management.
Already in the short time Sharree’ has been with RP, she have become an integral part of providing high quality legal services to RP’s clients. “We are so pleased to have her join our firm. She has just stepped right in and is already taking on significant responsibility in the firm,” says Troy Romero, managing shareholder of RP.
Next time you call the firm’s Pacific Northwest office, be sure to say hello.
We are proud to announce that as of May 2012, Romero Park & Wiggins P.S. has officially become Romero Park P.S. This name change reflects our recent departure of long-time friend a colleague, Michael Wiggins as he pursues other ventures. Michael has been a partner since 2006.
For further details about this change, please read the open letter from the firm’s managing partner, H. Troy Romero, posted on our blog. Also, please note that the firm’s e-mail address has changed consistent with the name change. From now on the firm’s e-mail address will be romeropark.com instead of rpwfirm.com. So, for instance, if you would like to contact Troy Romero by e-mail, you should now use the address email@example.com. In order to provide our current and future clients with enough time to adjust to the firm’s name change, the firm has retained the rpwfirm.com address for approximately a year. Within that time, Romero Park P.S. attorneys and employees will be able to receive e-mails sent to that old address. We appreciate your patience as we undergo this change, and you can be assured that we will continue to provide the same quality legal services you have come to expect during this transition.
Thank you for continuing to stick with us through the years! We would not be who we are today without our clients.