Attorney at Law
Practicing in the areas of:
Probate/ Estate Administration
Special Needs Planning
Office on Bainbridge Island
Serving Kitsap and Jefferson Counties
We are open for business during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are serving clients though telephone, email, and video conferencing. The courts have modified their operations, but are still accepting new probate and guardianship filings electronically and through the mail.
If your loved one needs nursing home care, the cost can be very high- between $8000-$11,000 a month. Eventually many people run out of money to privately pay for such care. Ms. McCulloch can review your financial situation and make recommendations about how to manage the remaining funds properly so that you will qualify for Medicaid when your loved one needs it. The Medicaid rules are complicated. Medicaid will look back at the last five years of your finances to determine if you are qualified. Ms. McCulloch can assist you in creating a plan that will prevent disqualification and make sure you have enough funds to pay for nursing home care.
PROBATE/ ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
When a loved one dies, the probate process may be necessary to probate the will and transfer assets to beneficiaries. However, in some estates, there are alternatives to probate such as filing a small estate affidavit, non-probate affidavits for real estate transfer, or a more simplified process for other nonprobate assets.
GUARDIANSHIP/ SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING
Guardianship may be needed for special needs children reaching majority or adults who have become incapacitated due to aging, health problems, or dementia and are not able to care for themselves or their finances. Ms. McCulloch can explain the process and help you petition the court to obtain full or limited guardianship powers.
Ms. McCulloch can also assist you with Special Needs Trusts or other trust planning.
Thorough, professional estate planning is critical when planning for the future. Being prepared for disability and death will allow your loved ones to care for you, carry out your wishes, and spare them from difficult court guardianship and probate proceedings.
Ms. McCulloch can assist you with preparing:
Durable Powers of Attorney for Finances and Health Care
Health Care Directives
Ms. McCulloch is committed to providing you with prompt, accurate, easy to understand legal advice to help you with your important life decisions and responsibilities. Ms. McCulloch will provide you with the information and assistance you need and help you navigate the legal process.
Call to consult on your case today. Ms. McCulloch offers a free telephone consultation to answer your initial questions and explain the next steps.
Sara McCulloch has lived on Bainbridge Island for 19 years. She studied law at Boston College Law School and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Western Washington University.
Ms. McCulloch's law practice focuses on elder law and special needs. She enjoys using her legal skills to help clients understand and navigate the legal process during difficult times. Ms. McCulloch belongs to a number of organizations dedicated to these practice areas: the King County Bar Association's Elder Law Section; the Washington State Bar Association's Probate & Real Property and Elder Law Sections; and the Kitsap County Bar Association. She is a certified Title 11 Guardian ad Litem for Guardianship cases in King, Kitsap, Jefferson, and Pierce Counties. She also serves as a Probate Guardian ad Litem, appointed by the Court to represent the interests of minor beneficiaries in an estate.
Ms. McCulloch has dedicated most of her career to public interest law, helping crime victims and other vulnerable people. She is passionate about making our justice system easier to navigate for all people, but especially those who have challenges due to mental health issues, disability, and poverty. She currently serves as the part-time Bainbridge Island Municipal Court Judge and is utilized as a Pro Tempore (substitute) Judge in King, Kitsap, and Pierce County District Courts. Prior to serving as a Judge, Ms. McCulloch worked as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the King County Prosecutor's Office for thirteen years, handling cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, and other felony crimes.
In her free time, Ms. McCulloch enjoys spending time with her two children, swimming, biking, and practicing yoga. Ms. McCulloch is a frequent volunteer with a number of local organizations.
OFFICE: Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
MAILING: P.O. Box 4519, Rollingbay, WA 98061
Accepting credit cards- VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American Express
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