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February 2014 Archives

Natalia Rivera recently joined Hanis Irvine Prothero, as a Paralegal in the Immigration Department.

February 24, 2014 - Natalia obtained her Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honors in Political Science and with a minor in Psychology, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
In her free time Natalia enjoys volunteering, as well as developing her public speaking and leadership skills.  She is currently Vice President of Membership at the West Seattle Toastmasters 832 Club, and a volunteer at the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics.  She also enjoys meeting new people, zumba dancing, bike riding, and practicing her French.

Estate Planning Tips

February 11, 2014 - When I speak with people about estate planning they are almost always focused on the Will/Trust aspect of their plan.  While these are important components, the other documents typically making up the plan are just as important.  A healthcare directive, power of attorney, and health care power of attorney, are crucial to any plan.  Those documents allow us to pick who we want to assist us with finances, healthcare decisions, or other needs, if circumstances require.  Without these, the next best option likely requires a guardianship process in court with a judge determining who should make those decisions.  While a guardianship is a good backup when someone hasn't completed their planning, the time and expense can exceed the cost of even very complicated estate plans.  These documents save time and expense, avoid uncertainty, and let us stay in control.  Estate planning isn't all about death- it's about living too!

Jorge Ramos to volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul's Centro Rendu

February 7, 2014 - HIP's Family Law attorney Jorge Ramos will be volunteering on the first Wednesday of every month at the local St. Vincent de Paul's Centro Rendu. Jorge welcomes the privilege to provide free legal consultations for individuals who face financial or language barriers. Jorge joins HIP's immigration department as volunteers at the Centro Rendu.