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    Apr 09, 2015
  • What to Consider When Choosing a Trustee

    Living trusts are rapidly replacing wills as the primary estate-planning document. Unfortunately, this transition is not without cost. Trust litigation is one of the fastest growing areas in the legal profession with almost all of the lawsuits involving family members suing other family members. Even if there isn’t litigation, folks find the role of trustee much more challenging than they anticipated.

  • Apr 07, 2015
  • Community Spotlight: Rebuilding Together South Sound

    For the past several years, Columbia Bank employees have been rolling up their sleeves and getting down to work to help support Rebuilding Together South Sound.

  • Apr 03, 2015
  • Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Avoid Capital Gains, Benefit Your Children, and Help Your Favorite Charities

    Let’s say you have some highly appreciated assets you would like to sell. Maybe it is a block of stock that, due to appreciation, represents a disproportionate percentage of your portfolio. It makes sense to sell and diversify so as to increase return and reduce risk. Perhaps it is a parcel of real estate that has fully depreciated. While you could try to put together a tax-free exchange, you really would like to get out of the property management business altogether. Or, perhaps you are finally ready to sell your business and retire.

  • Apr 03, 2015
  • Life Insurance: A Component of any Estate Plan

    Life insurance can play many roles in an estate plan whether you have a small estate or a very large one. Yet, it is often overlooked or misunderstood. Let’s explore a few ways life insurance can help you and your family.

  • Apr 02, 2015
  • “I’m Not Even 45 Yet…I’ll Think About Estate Planning Later”

    Joe and Margaret are 44 years old. They have two young children, own a nice home and have a growing estate that includes a 401k, IRA’s and life insurance. Although both are in good health, they have discussed the need to at least get a will drawn. They would like to make some small gifts to their favorite charities, while ensuring the children are provided for. Like so many, they have procrastinated, and it is still on the list of things to do “later.”

  • Mar 30, 2015
  • Counterfeit Money Orders on the Rise

    A recent uptick in counterfeit money orders means that those business owners who accept money orders will want to be on the alert. Protect your business and your bottom line by taking a moment to educate yourself about the features of phony money orders:

  • Mar 30, 2015
  • 5 Financial Calculators that Will Simplify Your Life

    Should I rent or buy? Will I ever pay off these student loans? At this rate, how long will it take me to pay off this credit card balance?

  • Mar 30, 2015
  • This Tax Season, Beware of Tax Fraud

    It's tax time, and fraudsters are hard at work devising ways to scam people out of their refund checks. Last year alone, scammers stole billions of dollars from consumers by filing bogus tax returns and pocketing the refund checks.

  • Mar 30, 2015
  • Community Spotlight: Bankers Care Million Meal March

    Throughout the month of March, Columbia Bank branches along the I-5 corridor in Western Washington participated in the Bankers Care Food Drive, also known as the “Million Meal March.” All donations went directly to Northwest Harvest and other local food banks. We are honored to have the opportunity to work in concert with Northwest Harvest and other participating banks to fight hunger in Washington.

  • Jul 01, 2014
  • Fraudulent Columbia Bank Text Message

    Columbia Bank has been notified that customers and non-customers have been receiving fraudulent texts claiming to be from Columbia Bank.

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