Elder Law in Vancouver, WA
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Elder Law in Vancouver, WA
As we grow older, our legal needs change. In our younger years, we focus on building to provide for ourselves and family and eventual retirement. Often, once we retire we think, “Well, what now?” How to best plan and use your assets—not just build them—as we age is an integral and critical part of being prudent and responsible stewards of all we have. It is how we best prepare to ensure that we and those we love will be okay regardless of the challenges aging brings to all of us. We must consider what will happen if we become incapacitated at some point: Who will help us manage our care and finances? How safe will we be? How can we protect our quality of life when we are vulnerable due to age, illness, or injury one day? How will we keep from burdening those we love? We must also think about how those we love will receive and administer our estates when we pass away.
As Vancouver, WA, elder law attorneys, we can help inform and guide you in considering those questions and planning for the future. From creating an incapacitation plan to ensuring that your loved ones receive your assets, your attorney will create a comprehensive strategy to address all of your needs. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about how our elder law services at Pettis Webber Pacific P.S. can help your future.
As elder law planning attorneys, we help you age with assurance, dignity, and grace. We help with:
- Incapacity planning
- Long-term care planning
- Wills and trusts
- Medicaid planning and applications
- Asset protection and preservation
- Estate administration
- Guardianships when no other options will help
Planning For Incapacitation
If you become incapacitated without a plan in place, your family will ultimately have to petition the court for guardianship to be able to manage your routine health and financial affairs. Guardianship is a complicated process that results in your becoming a ward of the State and is very emotionally taxing to you and your loved ones. As elder law attorneys we can help you avoid guardianship risk and protect your ability to live life privately on your own terms by crafting strong, clear incapacity planning including
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Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, and functionally practical HIPAA releases so your terms are followed and ease is created for your loved ones helping you.
Creating a strong, clear incapacity plan makes it possible for your choices of people to be who manages your affairs, and grants them all the power needed to do so no matter what life throws your way. They can even be used to help preserve assets when threatened with financial loss due to long-term care costs, tax issues, and to assist in protection from elder abuse. This often results in much better provision for quality of life, and peace within the family when things get tough.
Planning For Long-term Care
When you realize that the average cost of skilled nursing care per day in Washington State at this point is over $350 a day, do you worry about what will happen if you or your spouse needs long-term care in the future? You’ve likely heard stories of people losing their assets to pay for long-term care and becoming impoverished, and you don’t want that happening to you. Thankfully, doing long-term care planning in your estate plan will help you pay for care while preserving your assets. That way, you can still accomplish your goals for your safety and quality of life and the goals of others who depend on you, such as a spouse. Not only do you protect what you’ve built to provide better for longer, but you can also still give the way you wish in your estate when you pass away.
We are long-term care planning attorneys in Vancouver, WA, and we can help you get this done. To get started, schedule a free phone conference with our Client Services Coordinator to discuss your needs and how we may best assist you, and to get a meeting with one of our attorneys to develop your strategy and estate plan to meet your goals, protect your assets, and better provide for long term care expenses in the future if they arise. The more proactively, and ahead of the need you plan, the more you can save for yourself and your family.
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As Vancouver, WA, long-term care planning lawyers, we can use many techniques and strategies to craft your custom plan. Such techniques can include:
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