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Christopher S. Mulvaney

A Revocable Living Trust is a notarized document creating a legal entity which can hold property to be flexibly distributed to beneficiaries by the appointed successor of the creator of the Trust without probate.


Another benefit of Trusts is protecting separate property. Many parents want to empower their kids to have a separate property account to put gifts both during life and inheritance for their adult married children. Doing so is a hedge against divorce as well as a hedge against an adult child with children of their own predeceasing parents and inadvertently disinheriting grandchildren because the surviving spouse remarries someone who likes their own kids better. This is what happened to Cinderella. When her dad died, her step-mom favored her step-sisters and abused her. If Cinderella’s dad would have had a separate property revocable living trust that would have become irrevocable when he died then the story would have been very boring because Cinderella would have been empowered. Empowerment is bad for drama, but great for your kids.


THE PANDEMIC WAY OF DOING THINGS

In the new pandemic way of doing things,  I have to have an image of  a driver’s license for each person, and I also have to have a separate email address for each person. 

All discussions about estate planning are via recorded ZOOM meeting,  even if at some point in the future it becomes safe enough that people want to come into the office in person again.

All signing is electronic via a recorded DocVerify appointment after a ZOOM meeting (signing in the initial appointment is no longer possible), even if at some point in the future it becomes safe enough that people want to come into the office in person again.  I do not use paper and ink signatures on any estate planning documents anymore.  

Clients must have time to review the documents before the ZOOM meeting and make notes about questions.  Clients must take the time after the ZOOM meeting to check the documents for accuracy before giving the OK to sign.  Once uploaded, the documents cannot be changed without re-executing all of them.

Because of the pandemic, I send a Legal Services Agreement to be electronically signed.  Since no notary is required, you can sign whenever is convenient without an appointment for a recorded video meeting. However, I do have to have the driver’s license image and separate email for each person first.


One of the most popular reasons for creating a Trust is avoiding probate on business interests.


For example, the member interest in an LLC can be held as Trustee of a Revocable Living Trust in order to avoid probate of all assets held by the LLC.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT AVOIDING PROBATE ON THE LLC MEMBER INTEREST AND AVOIDING PROBATE ON REAL ESATE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS. A TRANSFER ON DEATH DEED SHOULD BE RECORDED TO TRANSFER REAL PROPERTY WITHOUT PROBATE IN ADDITION TO HOLDING THE LLC MEMBER INTEREST AS TRUSTEE OF YOUR TRUST.


Go to the Washington Secretary of State website to see if the name you want is available.

Then use the form below to form the LLC. Sample corporate documents are also included.

After formation there is a checklist you can use to stay on top of everything:

Get EIN number from IRS

Open bank account

Get business license

Open WA DOR account for payment of 1.5% gross receipts tax if needed (not needed for rental income)

Pay federal estimated tax

Website to look up Washington LLC owners


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THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE.



IF YOU WANT LEGAL ADVICE, PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SPEAK WITH ME.


While my practice is centered on helping consumers get out of debt and protect themselves and their families in the event of death or incapacity, I am happy to offer additional legal services to my existing estate planning and bankruptcy clients.


Are you worried about mounting debt?


Or facing a Judgment, Garnishment or Foreclosure?


Have you been putting off getting an estate plan for too long?


I offer my clients legal counsel regarding foreclosure, buying and selling real estate, Transfer on Death Deeds, and real estate matters generally.  


MULVANEY LAW OFFICES, PLLC does not do litigation.


Christopher S. Mulvaney’s Mission:

To Always Be a Human Being First – and My Role Second. 

To First, Do No Harm, then to provide the best legal outcome, smoothest process, best value, and to make a positive difference in the life of every client.

Christopher S. Mulvaney’s Mantra:

May I be filled with loving kindness for all life.

May I be safe from dangers within and without.

May I be healthy in body, mind, socially, and spiritually.

May I be at ease and happy doing good in the world.


Every client is an estate planning client. 

Additional services related to debt, bankruptcy, and real estate are available to estate planning clients.


I offer initial ZOOM legal consultations to prospective estate planning and bankruptcy clients for two reasons:


(1) determining if the issues are within my practice areas (the “wheelhouse“), and


(2) determining whether a potential client is willing to let me lead them to the best likelihood of achieving a favorable outcome with the smoothest process of getting there. 



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For more information about my practice in Bellevue, Washington, please consult my Blog.



  • Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, Issaquah, Sammamish, Maple Valley, Burien, SeaTac, and throughout King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties.


If you have read this far, you may be interested to know what I need to explain to potential clients very quickly which is the intersection in the Venn Diagram above of my practice areas and insurance coverage. As you can see the numbers of case types that are not in my practice areas is large, as is the number of case types that are neither in my practice area nor covered by legal insurance. The intersection is what I call the Wheelhouse. It contains two practice areas – estate planning and bankruptcy that pay all of the bills.

The small miscellaneous bit of my practice which I only do in conjunction with estate planning (bankruptcy is also done in conjunction with estate planning, so every client is an estate planning client. The challenge to me is to quickly explain to prospective clients that the long list of miscellaneous services on the left side of the diagram do not pay the bills – they are simply done to assist my estate planning clients with other matters that are not economical for lawyers to handle in isolation, so they would likely have difficulty finding counsel to assist them.

That is the difference between paying out of pocket by the hour and using flat fee legal insurance. If you are paying by the hour, you have more latitude regarding what the scope of service includes and what it does not. However, if the issue is too small you are not likely to find a lawyer to assist you even if you are willing to pay more than the market hourly rate because many smaller cases interfere with revenue production, increase stress, and increase risk.

That is an important part of why I do what I do the way I do it. There are many lawyers to serve you if you have means, in the manner you wish to be served. However, the majority of middle class and lower middle class people do not have access to legal representation and advice when they need it. In 1979, I heard Jimmy Carter give a speech in which he said that America is over lawyered and under represented. That is more true now than it was then.

I see my niche in the law as representing people in the most economical way possible for the most people, which is through legal insurance. Egalitarian access to legal services affordable by as many people as possible is a value for me. I have the privilege of earning a living in a manner that is consistent with my values. So, if you choose to become a client of MULVANEY LAW OFFICES, PLLC I thank you for allowing me to be who I am in my work, and to serve with my whole self – not divorced from consideration for the good of society in the pursuit of forever more profit.