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June Newsletter 2018

How Do I Find an Elder Law Attorney?

By Lynn St. Louis, Managing Partner at Elder Law Group PLLC

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Finding an attorney can be a daunting task. Selecting an Elder Law Attorney can be even more difficult. How can you know that the attorney has the skill and knowledge required to help you? Read on to discover what you need to know to find an Elder Law Attorney.

What is an Elder Law Attorney?
An Elder Law Attorney is someone whose practice focuses on the legal and social needs of people as they age and people with disabilities. An Elder Law Attorney’s practice includes estate planning, asset protection, long-term care, and government benefits’ planning.

What does an Elder Law Attorney’s practice look like from a practical point of view?
An Elder Law Attorney helps clients plan for incapacity with decision-making documents, possible long-term care needs, locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating private and public resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care. And, of course, an Elder Law Attorney will ensure the client’s estate planning documents contain necessary asset protection provisions not generally included by non-Elder Law Attorneys.

Who might not be an Elder Law Attorney?
If the attorney’s practice includes Family Law, Business Law, General Practice, Civil Rights, or other such non-related areas of law, the attorney does not likely have the expertise required to understand the complexities of Elder Law.

What about an Estate Planning Attorney?
Typically, traditional Estate Planning fails to address the very important needs of protecting assets for people as they age, including asset protection and provisions for government benefits.

What sources of information can help you find an Elder Law Attorney?
People often consult Google.com to find services. We all know that the internet can be useful, but also may present inaccurate information. Nonetheless, you should view the attorney’s website to see if the law firm truly focuses only on Elder Law.

Does the Attorney have recent testimonials from clients?
Do your research!  Look at client testimonials, but keep in mind that the attorney’s website will likely only contain favorable testimonials.

What is the Attorney’s rating from various organizations?
The highest rating from Martindale Hubbell is AV. The highest rating from Avvo is 10.

What organizations should the Attorney be a member of?

The primary organization for Elder Law Attorneys is the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Members of NAELA are committed to continuing their legal education and enhancing the quality of services they provide their clients. NAELA is an excellent resource for finding an Elder Law Attorney in Washington or in other states. 

In addition, in Washington state, attorneys dedicated to Elder Law should be members of the Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (WAELA).

What other questions should you ask before selecting an Elder Law Attorney?

  • How many years have the attorneys practiced Elder Law?
  • Is there only one attorney or more at the firm?

You want the assurance of continued service should one attorney discontinue his or her Elder Law practice.

In short, when looking for an Elder Law Attorney, you want to find one whose practice area is only Elder Law. Be wary though! Any attorney can call themselves an Elder Law Attorney. Ask questions about the attorney’s practice, expertise and clients served to see if the answers support the attorney’s claim that he or she truly is an Elder Law Attorney with the in-depth knowledge and skills you need.

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Spokane Events

Estate Planning Workshops


Join Lynn St. Louis and Jonas J. Hemenway, Elder Law Group Attorneys, on the south side of Spokane this month to learn how Estate Planning can protect your assets. 
Estate Planning for Seniors 
South Hill Public Library
3324 S. Perry Street
Spokane, WA 99302
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m  

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m  

Tri-Cities Events 

Estate Planning Workshops

Senior Life Show
Stop by our booth at the Three Rivers Senior Life Show and learn how Asset Protection Estate Planning can protect you, your loved ones, and your assets.
Three Rivers Convention Center – Kennewick
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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More Senior Events in Washington

Besides attending one of our events, you may want to check out a Farmers’ Market
Spokane Farmers' Market

or one of these wonderful opportunities below!

AARP Smart Driver Course
Fairwinds North Pointe Retirement
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
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Taking Charge of Your Digital Identity
Center Place Regional Event Center
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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State Park Days in June
Saturday, June 2, 2018 –  FREE
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – FREE
Sunday, June 10, 2018  – FREE
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Alzheimer’s Series: Caring for Middle Stage Dementia
Kadlek Healthplex
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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The 10th Annual Three Rivers Senior Life Show – Free Admission!
Three Rivers Convention Center
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-  4:00 p.m.
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7th Annual Caregivers Conference: Which One Are You?
Richland Community Center
Monday, June 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Have a question or need to find a resource?
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Still not sure what to do?
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Empowering Seniors’ Futures
At Elder Law Group we empower seniors’ futures through Asset Protection Estate Planning™. We make sure our clients’ voices are heard and their assets protected.

Whether you are at the beginning of retirement and planning for the future or need assistance with long-term care, Elder Law Group provides guidance and resources to help you have the best quality of life possible.

With the complexities of the social and financial world we live in today, a traditional estate plan cannot protect you against long-term care costs. Let Elder Law Group help give you the peace of mind you deserve through an Asset Protection Estate Plan.

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