The Reading of the Will, by M. Geoffrey Jones – Part 3

In this segment, Mr. Jones takes up the declarations by fear mongers that absent their usually expensive and often unnecessary services, someone else, usually the court, will decide who gets your property when you die.  "Don't Let the Courts Decide Who Will Receive Your Property" Over the years, I have occasionally noticed an advertisement in the local newspapers inviting people to a "A Free Seminar" on the advantages of a Living Trust as a means for Avoiding Probate. The advertisement preys upon the fears of most lay people of the myth that probate is always a lengthy and expensive process which is to be avoided at all costs. The ad … [Read more...]

The Reading of the Will, by M. Geoffrey Jones

In this segment, Mr. Jones picks up on the fictions surrounding the disclosure of the last will and testament of someone who has died, and relates Washington law on the topic.  One of the most common myths that is still deeply embedded in many lay people's perceptions about probate is the idea of a ceremony for the "Reading of the Will". They picture a dramatic scene in which the lawyer assembles together all of the family and interested persons (invariably including the decedent's longtime manservant) and reads aloud the Last Will and Testament of the deceased, unveiling for the first time the testator's last words about who is to … [Read more...]

The Reading of the Will: Discarding the Myths of Probate. By: M. Geoffrey G. Jones

Our Managing Partner, Geoff Jones, has taken the time to write about our practice and the myths associated with the topic of what happens to families when a loved one dies. We historically hear a universal declaration by our clients they wish to "avoid probate" yet as Geoff explains, this fear is largely a product of fiction.  In this several part series, he explores the reality of the practice, and lends comfort to the reader we have the family's interest at heart.  Part 1 : Introduction, Jarndyce v.Jarndyce. In his novel, Bleak House, Charles Dickens uses as a central plot device a probate case in the Chancery Court of Victorian … [Read more...]

There is a new Power of Attorney in Town…

...and is not a form you can download from the internet that may or may not work when you are in a coma and your trusted daughter is trying to access your bank accounts to pay your bills. A New Act. The new act adopted by our state the legislature provides the seasoned lawyer with better tools to fashion a document which will allow that daughter to keep your finances in order while you recover.  Better Than Internet Forms. Most forms we find on the internet are over written, largely because they try to be valid in 50 jurisdictions. Here we have a statute the bank or other third party can look to and see the power of attorney is drafted to … [Read more...]

Attorneys in Snohomish County

 Experienced- This term means our lawyers have witnessed the broad spectrum of the legal landscape each client brings to the table. Our lawyers advice may touch on other areas of the law the client may not recognize exist.  It also means we often times project likely results based on years of work in and out of courtrooms. With each client a touchstone of care includes the recognition what we do will impact the client and his or her family for years to come.  Because our lawyers are experienced, the quality of care each client receives at Newton Kight LLP is superior in the following fields; Guardianship, Elder Law, Wills and Trusts, Estate … [Read more...]

Our Legal Services

The legal services we provide are Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, Guardianship, Elder Law, Family Law, Divorce, Adoption, Civil Litigation, Collection, Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Personal Injury, and Business Formations. The attorneys at Newton Kight L.L.P. provide legal services for clients in Snohomish, King, Island and Skagit County, Washington, including communities such as Everett, Arlington, Burlington, Marysville, Mount Vernon, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Monroe, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Mountlake Terrace, Camano Island, Edmonds and Brier.Henry T. NewtonTrusts, Estate Planning, and ProbateLorna S. CorriganGeneral Civil Litigation, … [Read more...]

About Our Law Firm

         One of the oldest existing law firms in Snohomish County, the firm now known as Newton Kight L.L.P. was originally founded by Clifford Newton in 1913, in Everett, Washington.  In 1920, he was joined by his brother, Arthur Newton, and they formed the firm of Newton and Newton. Henry Newton, the son of Arthur Newton, joined the practice in 1961. Michael Kight, a friend of Henry's from undergraduate and law school at the University of Washington, joined the practice in 1967, and it became known as Newton, Newton & Kight. The firm continued to grow and in 1996 became a limited liability … [Read more...]