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RESOURCES

ESTATE PLANNING 

Handbook for Washington Seniors by Legal Voice

Excellent discussion about estate planning, medical coverage, and more

https://www.legalvoice.org/handbook

GUARDIANSHIP

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.

https://youtu.be/_jDYZ_tHNKo

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.  

https://www.courts.wa.gov/programs_orgs/guardian/?fa=guardian.layGuardianship&type=training 

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council

Explains process of Guardianship in Washington

http://informingfamilies.org/topic/guardianship

 

Washington Courts

Explains Guardianship and Alternatives

http://www.courts.wa.gov/guardianportal

 

The ARC of Washington

Frequently Asked Questions about Guardianship

http://arcwa.org/library/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.

https://www.legalvoice.org/handbook

SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING

Kitsap County Parent Coalition

KCPC provides information, resources, training, advocacy, and support for families caring for children and individuals who have developmental disabilities and live in Kitsap County. 

https://www.kitsapcountyparentcoalition.com/index.html

 

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.

http://www.ablenrc.org/

Washington's ABLE Program

https://www.washingtonstateable.com/

ABLE Account Plan Rules- WA Plan

https://www.washingtonstateable.com/assets/docs/washington-able-plan-disclosure.pdf

Social Security Administration (SSA) Guidance on ABLE 

This document provides information on how funds in an ABLE account may interact with Social Security benefits (specifically Supplemental Security Income (SSI))

https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0501130740

ABLE Accounts Compared to Special Needs Trusts

This document provides a comparison of the advantages and limitations of ABLE accounts and Special Needs Trusts.

https://www.ablenrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/ABLE-Accounts-Versus-Trusts.pdf

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.

https://www.ablenrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/What-You-Need-to-Know-About-Your-SSI-When-You-Turn-18-English.pdf

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.

https://www.ablenrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-SEIE-Factsheet-ABLE.pdf

PROBATE/ ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

King County Law Library- Probate Information

http://kcll.org/probate-resources/

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.

https://waclc.org/consite/