Elder Law with Care, LLC provides Life Care Planning in addition to traditional Elder Law services including, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, probate, special needs trusts, and guardianship.
Sometimes called a "Supplemental Needs Trust" a Special Needs Trust’s purpose is to enable the donor to provide for the continuing care of a disabled spouse, child, relative or friend. The beneficiary of a Special Needs Trust will have access to the trust assets for purposes other than those provided by public benefits programs. More / Less » In this way, the beneficiary will not lose eligibility for their public benefits programs. A Supplemental Needs Trust can be created by the donor during life or as part of their will.More / Less »
In this way, the beneficiary will not lose eligibility for their public benefits programs. A Supplemental Needs Trust can be created by the donor during life or as part of their will.
A will legally defines and declares how an individual wants their property to be distributed upon their death. A will does not go into effect until the individual dies and can be changed or revoked at any time prior to the individual's death. If an individual has no legal last will and testament at the time of death, the laws of intestate succession apply or it can become the responsibility of the state to distribute the dead individual's property. More / Less »
Unlike wills, trusts are private documents and only those individuals with a direct interest in the trust need know of trust assets and distribution. Establishing a trust can provide several advantages depending on an individual's situation. One such advantage of a trust is its continuing effectiveness even if the donor dies or becomes incapacitated.
Estate Planning is a necessity for anyone who wishes to be taken care of in their old age and ensure that family members are cared for after their death. Estate Planning is the preparation of a plan to carry out an individual's wishes as to the disposition of the individual's estate before or after death. More / Less »
Wills and trusts that comply with Washington state probate laws are essential Estate Planning tools. Estate Planning can minimize potential taxes and fees, as well as sets up contingency planning to make certain that the individual's wishes regarding the allocation of real and personal properties to their heirs is achieved. An estate is the total property, real and personal property, of an individual.
Probate is the legal process of transferring of property upon an individual's death. An individual formalizes their intentions as to the transfer of their property at the time of their death, such as a will and/or trusts. The probate law process is a court-supervised process to sort out the transfer of property of an individual at death. More / Less »
The probate process may be contested or uncontested. Contested issues arise in the probate process often because of a disgruntled heir who is seeking a larger share of the decedent's property. The majority of probate estates, however, are uncontested.
If an adult becomes incapable of making responsible decisions due to mental disability, the court will appoint a substitute decision maker. This substitute decision maker is called a guardian.More / Less »
Guardianship is a legal relationship between a competent adult and the adult who is deemed incapable of making responsible decisions, thus unable to take care of their own affairs. Depending on the terms of the guardianship, the guardian may or may not have to seek court approval for various decisions.
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