Handbook for Washington Seniors by Legal Voice
Excellent discussion about estate planning, medical coverage, and more
End of Life Washington
Information about the Washington Death with Dignity Act.
These websites have a great deal of information about the Guardianship process and alternatives to Guardianship. If you are considering seeking guardianship, I recommend you watch the Instructions for Guardians video and take the free 2 hour online class required for Guardians.
Guardianship Video- “Instructions for Guardians”
A 13-minute video explaining the responsibilities of a legal guardian in Washington Courts.
Lay Guardian Training
This is a free training required for lay guardians seeking to be appointed by the Court. The training takes 2 hours and you may complete it in 30 minute segments over many days. If you are considering guardianship, take the training and print out your certificate for full guardianship of the estate and person.
Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council
Explains process of Guardianship in Washington
Explains Guardianship and Alternatives
The ARC of Washington
Frequently Asked Questions about Guardianship
Handbook for Washington Seniors
Excellent reference manual on all aspects of estate planning, guardianship, and more. A helpful reference for seniors and anyone who wants to plan for the future.
SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING
Kitsap County Parent Coalition
The ABLE National Resource Center
ABLE accounts were created in 2014 and allow some disabled individuals to save over $2000 (up to $100,000) without disqualifying the person for SSI and Medicaid. Website contains information about ABLE accounts available in each state and the ABLE program generally. Many webinars are available for free.
Washington's ABLE Program
ABLE Account Plan Rules- WA Plan
This document provides information on how funds in an ABLE account may interact with Social Security benefits (specifically Supplemental Security Income (SSI))
This document provides a comparison of the advantages and limitations of ABLE accounts and Special Needs Trusts.
What You Need to Know About SSI When Turning 18
Article from SSA.gov that outlines qualifications at age 18 under adult disability rules, the Student Earned Income Exception (SEIE), ABLE accounts, and other opportunities.
Student Earned Income Exception (SEIE) Fact Sheet
Social security program for disabled students under the age of 22 that permits earnings of up to $1870/ month and $7550 per year without reducing SSI payments.
PROBATE/ ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
King County Law Library- Probate Information
IRS Publication for Survivors, Personal Representatives
Publication 559 is designed to help those in charge (personal representatives) of the property (estate) of an individual who has died (decedent). It shows them how to complete and file federal income tax returns and explains their responsibility to pay any taxes due on behalf of the decedent.
SENIOR CARE RESOURCES
Washington State Community Living Connection
Learn about services and supports in your community for older adults, person with disabilities, caregivers, and persons with Alzheimer's and dementia.