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Medical Values Worksheet

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Estate Planning Worksheet for Married Couples

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Estate Planning Worksheet for Registered Domestic Partners

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Estate Planning Worksheet for an Individual

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Articles


Nonprofit Governance Update 2009-10

Originally Published March 2009

Best practices suggest that the board of a charitable organization consult with legal counsel regarding its governing practices, contracts and policies every three years.  Such regular reviews can prevent [...]

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New Estate Tax Established in May

By Dorothy Foster
Originally Published in Kistap Sun, July 2005

The Washington Legislature established a new estate tax on May 17, 2005 and made it applicable to estates of people who die after that date. The new estate tax [...]

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Family Charitable Entries

Originally Published May 2008

A charitable entity funded by contributions from a single individual or family and lacking broad-based support from donations by the general public (a "family foundation") is generally one of three types: a private foundation, a private-operating foundation, or a supporting organization.  These organizations all serve as structures to [...]

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Presentations


International Estate Planning; Planning for the Cross-Border family

By Dorothy Foster
Originally Presented June 2008

Under U.S. law, "residence" and "domicile" are not synonymous.  "Residence" is an income tax concept , and one generally establishes residence for income tax purposes by holding a "green card" or [...]

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Categories of Tax-Exempt Organizations.

By Dorothy Foster
Originally Presented July 2002

Nearly one million charitable, educational, religious, health and social welfare organizations create, nurture and sustain the values that frame American life.  They promote altruism in a society that reinforces self-interest;  community, in a society that [...]

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Exempt Organization Algorithm

Originally Presented 2002

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Foster Law Group In the News


Breakfast of Business Champs

Originally Published in Bainbridge Review, March 2004

New networking group focuses on island-based small office professionals.

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Could Estate be Depleted by Cost of Husband's Care?

Originally Published in Seattle Times, March 2003

Q: My husband is 77 years old, and I am 70.  About a year ago, I signed up for [...]

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They Make a Living by Guiding the Giving.

Originally Published in Seattle Times, February 1999

Ask Dorothy Foster what a $200-an-hour lawyer can do for a philanthropist, and she'll talk about helping people find new ways to make grants.  Public charities are the simplest, most [...]

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