Elder Law Group Newsletter

March Newsletter 2018


Wondering if you will ever need
Long-Term Care?

More than 9 in 10 Americans want to live at home or with a relative — rather than in a nursing home — for as long as possible. But experts predict that more than half the population, after turning 65, will develop a disability so severe they’ll need assistance.
Read the AARP article Washington leads all states in helping residents age in place.
Have questions? Ask us directly! Let’s get started!

The Importance of an Estate Plan –

A Story of William and Joan

Elder Couple

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We’d like to share a story with you about William and Joan and the importance of having an Estate Plan.

Slumped down in her chair, Anne tried to take in the news. Joan had just passed away after a short but fierce struggle with colon cancer. Anne had met Joan the first day of seventh grade. They were both 12 years old, new to Paul Revere Junior High, and on the lookout for new friends. She remembered the day vividly, even after 72 years.

The classroom for cooking was equipped with five u-shaped kitchen areas with tables for six girls each. Anne noticed a quiet girl opposite her who looked rather pale and a little distracted. The teacher gave her lecture about how the class would run, then asked for any questions. One of the girls raised her hand and asked, “What do we do with the food we cook?”

“You get to eat it,” came the answer.

The moment was perfectly timed. It couldn’t have happened any more dramatically in the classiest comedy movie. Exactly while the teacher spoke, Joan threw up. All over the table.

Poor Joan never quite lived it down. Even years later in high school, Anne and Joan occasionally met a new friend who asked, “Are you the girl who threw up in cooking class?” 

Anne and Joan shared good times and troubled ones alike over all the decades of their friendship. They both married and had children. Anne gave Joan all the support she could when it became apparent that Joan’s daughter, Cathy, had special needs and would require extra care.

Joan cared for Cathy until her passing. Anne wondered what would happen to Joan’s husband, William, and their daughter Cathy. She knew that Joan and William’s goal had always been to take care of their family and leave assets for their daughter. Now he was in declining health himself. How would he pay for his own needs and still provide for Cathy? Did he have an Estate Plan, or was it just a wish?

Anne needn’t have worried. William and Joan had made an Estate Plan three years earlier. They had a solid plan in place to provide long-term care should William need it, protect assets and provide for Cathy’s care at the same time.

Elder Law Group’s skilled and caring team of legal professionals help clients with not just Wills, but through ensuring that desires and goals are not just a wish. A well-thought-out Estate Plan protects you, your family and your money through Wills with an Asset Protection Trust, Durable Powers of Attorney for finances and health, and Health Care Directives (Living Wills).

We know it is not just an Estate Plan. It is about people and their hopes, dreams, wishes and most of all, peace of mind.

Speak to an Estate Planning Attorney at Elder Law Group

For guidance on your Estate Plan, Long-Term Care planning, or other legal needs of seniors, the disabled, or vulnerable adults and their families, CALL ELDER LAW GROUP TODAY!



Estate Planning Workshops
Lynn St. Louis in a Class

509-468-0551 to RSVP!!!
Whether you are retiring or preparing to assist in caring for your parents, this series will give you information to use now and to plan for a stable future. The same workshop will be offered twice per week – once at each location. Workshops are free to the public.

Six week series for seniors, families & caregivers

Argonne Library
4322 N Argonne Rd
Spokane WA
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Moran Prairie Library
6004 S Regal St
Spokane WA
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Monday, February 26th – Tuesday, February 27th
Home Care & Long-Term Care Services: Benefits of Home Care and Paying for Long-Term Care Services
Speaker – Jennipher Ama, Owner of Family First Senior Care
Speaker – Lynn St. Louis, Owner of Elder Law Group PLLC

Monday, March 5th – Tuesday, March 6th
Probate & Funeral Planning: Funeral Planning & Understanding the Probate Process
Speaker – Paula Davis, Hennessey Funeral Home
Speaker – Lynn St. Louis, Owner of Elder Law Group PLLC

Monday, March 12th – Tuesday, March 13th
Estate Planning Review & Senior Legal Resources
Speaker – Lynn St. Louis, Owner of Elder Law Group PLLC

Monday, March 19th – Tuesday, March 20th
Medicaid Planning & Long-Term Care Strategies
Speaker – Lynn St. Louis, Owner of Elder Law Group PLLC

Good news! Our Legal Voice series will be coming to the Tri-Cities this June! Follow us on Facebook and we’ll keep you updated with more details.

We are happy to help.

Have a question or need to find a resource?
Check out our 
resource page for assistance.

Still not sure what to do?
Give us a call and let us guide you. (509) 468-0551

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 generic estate plan cannot protect you against long-term care costs. Let Elder Law Group help give you the peace of mind you deserve.

Disclaimer: This newsletter is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice to the viewer or user. Use of this newsletter and its contents does not create or establish an attorney-client relationship or privilege of any nature between the user and owner.

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