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Lisa A Malpass Childress

Lisa Childress’s Answers

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  • How to file a claim to collect a past awarded Judgement from decedents estate.

    My Father-in-Law was awarded a $200k judgement in Pierce County back in 2011 from a business partnership falling out. The person whom the judgement was personally placed on fled to Mexico. He died last week, I checked Pierce to see if a probate ha...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Mr Nelson gave you a very good answer and insight on the potential complexity that could ensue. I encourage you to seek counsel as well.

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  • How to get a POA from a deceased person to deal with medical bills? What are the liability implications?

    My father passed away in a hospital and we need to follow up with the insurance company, the hospital and other service providers to settle the medical bills. The insurance company told us that 'a family member needs to get a POA from the deceased...

    Lisa’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorney comments here. Please consult an attorney experienced in probate and do not enter into any agreements with the insurance company until you have authority in the estate.

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  • Am I required to pay off debt in my spouse's name after they have passed away, credit card debt, homeowner's dues in his name?

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    Lisa’s Answer

    This requires a careful analysis based on community property laws and probate. The evaluation of the liabilities should be evaluated and placed in the inventory. Some of the liabilities may go away if a creditor does not file a claim properly but if the notices are not done correctly you could be turning an easy effort into a long drawn out remediation. My advise is to contact an attorney.

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  • HIPPA Laws in WA State and contesting a will and trust.

    I accessed my father’s health records (because I was poa). Now in a contest of the will, the other side wants to have the judge disallow my copies of records and my reference to them. There are 3 different trusts that are being disputed as to whic...

    Lisa’s Answer

    The answers provided by the other attorneys are right. The admissibility of evidence in the record is critical and the opposing parties argument is even more critical. If you are not inclined to hire an attorney (which is advised) you can go to a local law school library or legal clinic to help you research the information you need. Good luck.

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  • I am looking for an attorney for Vancouver WA area only legal papers were done by invalid service over Guardianship, medical

    I am looking for an attorney who is in Vancouver WA area only who will be willing to do contingency for invalid service for guardianship and invalid service for a medical malpractice report my son ended up with having chronic pancreatic enzyme def...

    Lisa’s Answer

    It is very important that you seek a consultation from am attorney due to the critical issues you describe. It sounds like there are more issues involved than just guardianship. The answers you seek are not easy to answer online. Good luck to you.

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  • How do you apply for court approval to get married if you are under guardianship? How does this work?

    This would be in King County, WA. Not Me. In, General.

    Lisa’s Answer

    File a petition in the court that manages the guardianship requesting the court to consider modifying or removing the limitation regarding marriage. There is a chance a guardian ad litem may be appointed to assist in helping form the decision for the court.

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  • Can we get POA for my grandmother who has dementia?

    My grandfather currently has POA, he just had a stroke and relatives are coming out of the woodwork wanting to take care of my grandmother for the inheritance. My grandpa is expected to make a full recovery but he is 91. I was told if my aunt, who...

    Lisa’s Answer

    If there is a risk of an inability to manage his person or finances then you may want to get a consultation from an attorney who understands guardianship law. Those professionals can also advise you on the power of attorney restrictions and limitations because they will be able to tell you how they intersect, relate to each other and what may or may not work to protect your relative from exploitation. These are not simple legal matters especially when there may be a question regarding cognition.

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