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About Me

When I first met Jamie, my wife, she was a children’s therapist in Yakima, Washington.  Her father, Bill, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the last year of his 40-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. 

As I got to know Jamie, I learned of the attempts her mother, Vivian, was making to keep Bill home.  Vivian had been told by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) that there was no help to be had if Bill desired to stay home.  According to this official, Vivian would need to move Bill into a nursing home if he needed help. 

After struggling to keep Bill home for a year or two, financial pressures coupled with the pressures of managing his care and the care of the household made it impossible for Vivian to continue living in their home.  She sold the house and moved with Bill to a mobile home.  The move was stressful for Bill, who had started to wander. Eventually, the demands of caregiving became overwhelming and Bill had to be moved to a skilled care nursing home.

As time went on, Jamie and I became close and she invited me to meet her family in Spokane.  It was during that visit that I was for the first time exposed to life in a nursing home.  It was a shocking experience to say the least. 

I had heard stories about old folks’ homes but I had never seen one in India.  All my grandparents had taken their last breath at home surrounded by loved ones. 

The moment I walked through the nursing home door, the smell alone was enough to want me to turn around and walk back.  Bill was unshaven and smelled bad.  Jamie went out and asked for a nurse to change him.  After visiting for awhile, we left.  Jamie was in tears and I was lost in my thoughts.  This is not how the richest nation in the world should be treating its elders, I thought.  There has to be a better way. 

Unfortunately, as I soon discovered, there is nothing unusual about Bill’s story.  In fact, it’s a very ordinary story.   Bill was moved to a nursing home when Vivian was perfectly willing to take care of him at home.  The system had told her she had no way to get help at home.  With limited means and in no physical condition to manage the demands of care on her own, what else was she to do? 

Bill’s story lit my fire for elder law.  It made me want to devote my life to helping families navigate the system so they could avoid the fate that befalls so many elders.  If former president Ronald Reagan can live out his final years at home, so can you. 

Later on when Vivian was diagnosed with kidney cancer, I was determined to give her story a different ending.  I found a Geriatric Care Coordinator to help us plan her care.  Fortunately, we were able to avoid the nursing home and Vivian lived with us for eleven years before her death.  I am grateful for this experience.

Today, I consider it a privilege to help families rewrite the final chapters of their elders’ life stories. 


Languages Spoken: Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, English

Practice Areas


  1. Elder Law: 50%
  2. Estate Planning: 50%

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Mark David Albertson

    Rajiv is an intelligent, articulate, compassionate and highly competent elder law attorney, and I highly recommend him for elder law issues


    Mark Albertson Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lynn St. Louis

    I know Rajiv Nagaich, who is a well-respected Elder Law attorney. He is dedicated to his clients and to the Elder Law community. I find him to be knowledgeable and capable. I have no reservations in recommending Rajiv to any potential client needing representation in Elder Law matters.


    Lynn St. Louis Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

31919 6th Ave S Ste A-100
Federal Way, WA, 98003-5210



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
FellowNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys2014
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior AttorneyJohnson and Nagaich2002 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Center for Medicare Advocacy Inc.Board of Directors2010 - 2012
John Marshall Law School, Chicago ILAdvisory Board Member, Elder Law2010 - 2013
WA Chapter National Academy of Elder Law AttorneyBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Special Needs Trust - WSBAChairperson2009 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysBoard of Directors2007 - 2012
Life Care Planning Law Firms AssociationPast President2007 - 2008
Washington Elder CareBoard of Directors2005 - Present
Rotary ClubBoard of Directors2004 - 2008
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Jenkins v. DSHSWon the case
Haytack v. DSHSObtained judgement in favor of my clients.
In re Estate of Clyde F. KerstetterRuling in favor of my client
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Publication NameTitleDate
Aging Options PublicationsHow Traditional Estate Planning Fails Seniors2013
Wolters Kluwer publicationElder Law Portfolio Series2012
National Academy Elder Law Association NewsLife Care Planning vs. Medicaid Planning2009
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)Estate planning with a New Focus2008
National Academy Elder Law Association NewsWhen I Can No Longer Take Care of Myself2007
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2009
Seattle University School of LawN/AJD2002
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Every Saturday Mornings 10 am - Noon (KTTH AM 770)Aging Options Radio2014
4 - Monthly SeminarsLife Planning and Elder Law2014
Teaching @ Law SchoolElder Law2013
SNT conferenceSpecial Needs Trust2012
WSASC Annual Conference 2010Capitol Connections2010
VA Disability CLEVA Disability & Medicaid2010
Texas State Bar Diversity PresentationDiversity2010
Choosing Managing and Drafting Special Needs TrustSpecial Needs Trust2010
2010 Annual ConferenceSailing Thru Taxes2010