Reason is the life of the law.

I recently visited the courthouse in Santa Barbara. It is beautiful, historic and still functioning.  The longer I’ve been practicing law, 32 years now, the greater my appreciation for the core strength it gives our country.  As challenged as our system is, we have a place to voice our issues and seek redress.  I think it’s pretty amazing.


What You Need to Know About Living Wills

Most people know a little bit about wills. In the media, the will is what helps a family know who gets what assets and how the deceased wishes to be buried. However, these types of wills are not the only reason why estate planning is important.

Although divvying up possessions and your burial plans are certainly an important part of your estate plan, a living will is also an essential part of an estate plan. Living wills help to decide things like guardianship of children should you become unable to care for them, medical decisions, and even current monetary issues.

Here’s why setting up a living will is so important no matter what age you are or what your situation in life. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Living Wills”


3 Things You Should Consider Before You Start Estate Planning

If you haven’t written your will yet, you aren’t alone. Research has shown that 64 percent of American adults admit to not having a will, increasing the chances that their families will spend thousands of dollars sorting out their estate if they happen to pass away. Fortunately, by planning your estate early, you can prevent problems and streamline the process for your beloved family members.

Here are three things you should consider before you start estate planning, and why it matters. Continue reading “3 Things You Should Consider Before You Start Estate Planning”


Life Skills, or what I learned from watching Butterflies

Recently I participated in a Road Scholar program (amazing) and was able to observe butterflies, elephant seals, sea otters, sea lions and lots of birds. In addition to the beauty of nature, the Road Scholar traveler’s advice resonated with me.

These tenets seem like excellent life skills: Sense of humor; communicativeness; tolerance for ambiguity; ability to be non-judgmental; flexibility and adaptability; open mindedness; curiosity; self-reliance.

Some of these are a real challenge for me, but they all seem like wonderful aspirations!  What do you think?

 


Academy Awards 2018

As some of you may know, I’m a fan of the movies and enjoy watching the Oscars every year. Below is the list of nominees for this year. What are your favorites???

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
NOMINEES
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET
Call Me by Your Name
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS
Phantom Thread
DANIEL KALUUYA
Get Out
GARY OLDMAN
Darkest Hour
DENZEL WASHINGTON
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
NOMINEES
WILLEM DAFOE
The Florida Project
WOODY HARRELSON
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
RICHARD JENKINS
The Shape of Water
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER
All the Money in the World
SAM ROCKWELL
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
NOMINEES
SALLY HAWKINS
The Shape of Water
FRANCES MCDORMAND
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
MARGOT ROBBIE
I, Tonya
SAOIRSE RONAN
Lady Bird
MERYL STREEP
The Post
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
NOMINEES
MARY J. BLIGE
Mudbound
ALLISON JANNEY
I, Tonya
LESLEY MANVILLE
Phantom Thread
LAURIE METCALF
Lady Bird
OCTAVIA SPENCER
The Shape of Water
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
NOMINEES
THE BOSS BABY
Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito
THE BREADWINNER
Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo
COCO
Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson
FERDINAND
Carlos Saldanha
LOVING VINCENT
Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart
CINEMATOGRAPHY
NOMINEES
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Roger A. Deakins
DARKEST HOUR
Bruno Delbonnel
DUNKIRK
Hoyte van Hoytema
MUDBOUND
Rachel Morrison
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Dan Laustsen
COSTUME DESIGN
NOMINEES
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Jacqueline Durran
DARKEST HOUR
Jacqueline Durran
PHANTOM THREAD
Mark Bridges
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Luis Sequeira
VICTORIA & ABDUL
Consolata Boyle
DIRECTING
NOMINEES
DUNKIRK
Christopher Nolan
GET OUT
Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD
Greta Gerwig
PHANTOM THREAD
Paul Thomas Anderson
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Guillermo del Toro
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
NOMINEES
ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL
Steve James, Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman
FACES PLACES
Agnès Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda
ICARUS
Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed and Søren Steen Jespersen
STRONG ISLAND
Yance Ford and Joslyn Barnes
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
NOMINEES
EDITH+EDDIE
Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright
HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405
Frank Stiefel
HEROIN(E)
Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon
KNIFE SKILLS
Thomas Lennon
TRAFFIC STOP
Kate Davis and David Heilbroner
FILM EDITING
NOMINEES
BABY DRIVER
Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
DUNKIRK
Lee Smith
I, TONYA
Tatiana S. Riegel
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Sidney Wolinsky
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Jon Gregory
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
NOMINEES
A FANTASTIC WOMAN
Chile
THE INSULT
Lebanon
LOVELESS
Russia
ON BODY AND SOUL
Hungary
THE SQUARE
Sweden
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
NOMINEES
DARKEST HOUR
Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
VICTORIA & ABDUL
Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
WONDER
Arjen Tuiten
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
NOMINEES
DUNKIRK
Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD
Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
John Williams
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Carter Burwell
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
NOMINEES
MIGHTY RIVER
from Mudbound; Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
MYSTERY OF LOVE
from Call Me by Your Name; Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
REMEMBER ME
from Coco; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
STAND UP FOR SOMETHING
from Marshall; Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
THIS IS ME
from The Greatest Showman; Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
BEST PICTURE
NOMINEES
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito, Producers
DARKEST HOUR
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski, Producers
DUNKIRK
Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
GET OUT
Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele, Producers
LADY BIRD
Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill, Producers
PHANTOM THREAD
JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi, Producers
THE POST
Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers
PRODUCTION DESIGN
NOMINEES
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola
DARKEST HOUR
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
DUNKIRK
Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
NOMINEES
DEAR BASKETBALL
Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant
GARDEN PARTY
Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon
LOU
Dave Mullins and Dana Murray
NEGATIVE SPACE
Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata
REVOLTING RHYMES
Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
NOMINEES
DEKALB ELEMENTARY
Reed Van Dyk
THE ELEVEN O’CLOCK
Derin Seale and Josh Lawson
MY NEPHEW EMMETT
Kevin Wilson, Jr.
THE SILENT CHILD
Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton
WATU WOTE/ALL OF US
Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen
SOUND EDITING
NOMINEES
BABY DRIVER
Julian Slater
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Mark Mangini and Theo Green
DUNKIRK
Richard King and Alex Gibson
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce
SOUND MIXING
NOMINEES
BABY DRIVER
Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth
DUNKIRK
Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glen Gauthier
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Stuart Wilson
VISUAL EFFECTS
NOMINEES
BLADE RUNNER 2049
John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick
KONG: SKULL ISLAND
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
NOMINEES
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Screenplay by James Ivory
THE DISASTER ARTIST
Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
LOGAN
Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
MOLLY’S GAME
Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
MUDBOUND
Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
NOMINEES
THE BIG SICK
Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
GET OUT
Written by Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD
Written by Greta Gerwig
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Written by Martin McDonagh


Free Lunch??? American Heart Association Walk

Ivy Law Group is raising money for the American Heart Association. Join us!  Go to www2.heart.org.  Find the heart walk, click donate, find our team (Ivy Law Group) and donate! Top contributor gets lunch with the Ivy Law Group team!

American Heart Association

Learn more about the American Heart Association’s efforts to reduce death caused by heart disease and stroke. Also learn about cardiovascular conditions, ECC and CPR, donating, heart disease information for healthcare professionals, caregivers, and educators and healthy living.

www2.heart.org


Volunteering: Good and Good For You!

I’ve enjoyed volunteer opportunities all my life, starting with my 200 hours as a Candy Striper at the Virginia Mason Hospital in the early ’70s.    It was fun (great outfit!) and educational (sent me into law instead of nursing).    Recently I was invited to provide legal services to seniors at the Ballard Senior Center monthly clinic and I’m so happy to have this opportunity.

Some of the documented benefits of volunteering include:

  • Decrease your risk of depression.
  • Enjoy a sense of purpose and fulfillment—and increase your self-confidence while you’re at it!
  • Stay physically and mentally active.
  • Reduce stress levels.

I’m guessing you all have many experiences with volunteer work too.  I’d love to hear from you!


Parenting risks and Estate Planning

A Will is the Responsibility of Every Parent
The last thing that most people want to take into consideration when they are experiencing the joy of bringing a new child into the world is what protections they have in place if something were to happen to them.
As a new parent myself, I do not like to think that I may not be around for many years to experience my son’s growth and be there to provide some important life lessons to help him along his path. However, as a lawyer, I have seen first-hand the difficult process of when a parent dies unexpectedly without a Will.
The inherent difficulty of accepting the passing of a loved one, especially one that you rely on to such an extent, is significantly compounded when that loved one did not take the time to create a Will. A Will provides a clear framework to navigate the probate process in accordance with the wishes of the deceased person. Without such a framework, a family is left to guess at what that person would have wanted and create a plan according to those guesses. All this is necessary while dealing with increased oversight from the probate court and dealing with the grieving process. This can be overwhelming for family members trying to cope with the loss of a loved one.
A Will is important for any person, but especially so for a parent. Being a parent comes with a multitude of responsibilities and difficult decisions, and one of those is to protect your children to the best of your abilities under all circumstances, including if something were to happen to you. Do not be the person who puts this off because, although death is certain, its timing surely is not.

Give us a call to talk about your particular needs.
Matt J. Werter


Welcome our new paralegal, Meghan!

Stop by and meet Meghan Limegrover, our new paralegal.

Meghan is a transplant from Texas, but with a degree in horticulture she can thrive in a new environment! She is excited to learn and expand her understanding of the law, especially in matters of personal injury.

Meghan is inspired by the variety of flora in Washington. The food, the music and the people of Seattle are just a few things she is enjoying as she makes this city her home.


Farewell to Jessica!

After 5 years of working at Ivy Law Group, I will be leaving to start a job in the Amazon legal department. Over the past 5 years I have learned more than I could have ever imagined working here. I started my job as a former nanny knowing very little about the office environment and legal procedures.

As I look back to my first day and my overwhelming feelings of knowing nothing, I can say I have come very far from that day. I truly owe my growth in professional and legal domains to the guidance of Ruth. Ruth was not only a boss but a mentor, she helped me channel a sense of confidence and an ability to adapt to any situation thrown at me.

As I move on to a different environment with different opportunities, I can only say that I would never have been able to do this if I hadn’t got my first opportunity here. I will miss working at Ivy but am excited to start a new chapter in my life.

Jessica Replogle