WHAT SETS US APART FROM THE HERD?
We believe your time is as valuable as ours. We don't charge for estate planning consultations, and we don't nickel and dime. We genuinely love what we do. Did we mention good coffee in a stress-free atmosphere?
Making your tomorrows less stressful.
Whether you are starting a family, starting a business, getting ready to retire, or moving into the final stages of life, an estate plan helps you take control.
Estate planning is about more than directing the distribution of assets at your death. In fact, the name is misleading because you don’t need an estate to benefit from estate planning. A thoughtful, comprehensive estate plan lays out your intentions for how you and your loved ones will be cared for during life. It gives you control over who will be making important decisions about your life (if and when you are no longer able), while making it as easy as possible for your loved ones to carry out these important tasks. It can also help you protect assets that are important to you, to use for your own needs or to pass on to the people or organizations you cherish.
At Adaptive Law, our process is aimed at making estate planning knowledge-based, transparent and coordinated. We start by helping you learn your options so you understand why you are choosing one strategy over another. We help you coordinate your plan with your financial and insurance advisors, and—if desired—communicate your plan to your family members in a way that reduces uncertainty and conflict.
Your plan is also tailored to your specific needs. If you have minor children, we will work with you to create a Child’s Care Plan to ensure they receive the care they need during what could be the most devastating time of their life. If you own a business, we will help you determine how best to ensure your business will continue to thrive following an unexpected disability or death. And if you (or your family) is concerned about long-term care, we can help you to understand your options for supplementing with public benefits such as Medicaid and Veterans’ Aid and Attendance, and to develop a long-term strategy that makes sense for you and your family.
Our estate plans are all-inclusive, with no “hidden” fees. Consultations are free, with no obligation, so there’s really nothing to lose. And if you decide to hire us, we will tell you the fee upfront—before you sign a single document. However, if you are contacting us solely for elder care advising, there will be a $250 fee for the advisory consultation.
If you think we may be the right attorneys for you, contact us now to schedule a consultation.
Special Needs + Elder Law
Planning for our vulnerable populations.
Sometimes, estate planning isn’t enough—or cannot be accomplished due to incapacity. If you have a loved one with a disability, you may want to establish a special needs trust for their benefit (either now, or upon your death). You may also need to go through the courts to obtain guardianship over a loved one—whether it’s an adult child with developmental disabilities, or an aging parent suffering from dementia. We would be happy to talk through your options, and help determine what makes the most sense in your unique situation.
We charge flat fees for all our guardianship and trust work (with the exception of contested guardianship matters, which we take on a rare, case-by-case basis), and also offer a Family Guardian / Trustee Protector Program to provide you with support once you are appointed as either guardian or trustee.
If you are interested in having Adaptive Law assist with your guardianship, special needs trust, or general advising, schedule a consultation with our attorney. There is a $250 fee for advisory consultations, but this amount will be credited to your account if you hire us for additional work.
Real Property Law
Protecting your most valuable asset.
Real property law covers a substantial body of law. Unfortunately, we cannot cover it all. Here’s a short list of the types of property cases we handle:
- boundary line negotiations
- adverse possession claims
- title disputes and quiet title actions
- disputes arising from real estate transactions
- land use and zoning disputes
We generally do not handle these types of real property matters:
- foreclosures (unless you think someone has violated your rights as a consumer)
- landlord-tenant disputes
- real estate closings
- purchase-sale agreements
- drafting easements or leases
Hollie Del Vecchio has extensive experience working in numerous aspects of real property law (in Oregon, Montana and Washington) and thoroughly enjoys working in this complex area of law. While our goal is always to resolve real property matters without resorting to litigation—especially where neighbors are involved, we are prepared to do so where necessary.
If you need assistance with a real property dispute, schedule a consultation to see how we can work together to achieve your goals. There is a $250 fee for these advisory consultations.
Deception and exploitation have no place in our society.
Washington state has specific laws designed to prevent businesses (and employers) from engaging in unfair, deceptive and discriminatory practices. It also has laws aimed at protecting our vulnerable populations, including the elderly and persons with special needs, from financial (and other) exploitation.
These laws extend to (this is a super short list):
- adult family homes
- charitable solicitations
- construction liens
- employers and employment agencies
- real estate brokers
- mortgage brokers
- distressed home purchasers
- escrow agent disbursements
- insurance settlements
- marketing of wills and trusts
- nursing homes
- timeshare sales
- and much more…
As the above list indicates, our consumer protection practice stems primarily from our work and experience in real property and elder law. However, we are willing to consider other cases on an individual basis.
If you believe your rights as a consumer have been violated, schedule a consultation to see how we can work together to stop the violations and recover damages. There is a $250 fee for these advisory consultations.
- Estate Planning
- Elder Law
- Long-Term Care Planning
- Business Succession
- Revocable Living Trusts
- Family Protection Trusts
- Special Needs Trusts
- Charitable Trusts
- Conservation Easements
- Monday, 8:30 to 4:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, 8:30 to 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, 8:30 to 4:00 p.m.
- Thursday, 8:30 to 4:00 p.m.
- Closed Fridays
- Closed for Lunch
OUR ESTATE PLANNING GUARANTEE
If—at any point prior to signing—you find yourself unsatisfied with the quality, service and value you receive through our planning process, we will refund your money.
60-day review period.
If you are uncomfortable with any of the terms of your estate plan after you sign, let us know within 60 days and we will re-do it.
We will review your plan at no charge every three years, or upon any major lifetime event.
ESTATE PLANNING: YOUR PART
What we need from you.
All potential clients must attend the initial planning meeting (in other words, if you’re married, you need to drag your spouse along with you!)
In advance of our initial meeting, we will give you a list of documents to compile. We need you to actually compile those documents and bring them with you when we meet. If you have trouble locating any of the documents (such as your property deed), contact us so we can help.
We do expect one-half payment upfront, with the remainder due at signing. There is no added fee for using a credit card, and we can make payment arrangements if needed (although you won’t sign or receive documents until your final payment is made).
ESTATE PLANS: SAMPLE PRICING*
Personal Will-Centered Estate Planning
- Individual: $600 to $900
- Family: $1,000 to $1,500
Personal Trust-Centered Estate Planning
- Individual: $3,000
- Family: $4,500
Long-Term Care Strategy Development
- Individual: $1,500
- Family: $2,500
Stand-Alone Trusts (Special Needs, Charitable Remainder, Asset Protection, and so on)
- $2,500 to $3,500, depending on complexity
- Transfer on Death Deed: $200
- Living Will for Cognitive Decline: $100
- Child Care Plan: $300
- Property Status Agreement: $300
- Business Succession Agreement: $900
Probate of Estate
- $6,000 minimum for intestate (died without Will)
- $5,000 minimum for testate (died with Will)