I stay in tune with the needs of Whatcom County citizens by volunteering quarterly... more
I stay in tune with the needs of Whatcom County citizens by volunteering quarterly at the LAW Advocate's Street Law and Eviction Clinic Legal Aid programs. I volunteer for Whatcom Hospice by visiting terminally ill patients and I volunteer as a Mediator at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center . I currently serve on the boards of the Northwest ... view profile
During law school, I took advantage of opportunities to work for social justice. I... more
During law school, I took advantage of opportunities to work for social justice. I was selected as a John J. Curtin Fellow by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, and worked to improve legal access for homeless people. I also served as a Legal Advocate for the Unemployment Law Project, winning favorable decisions for many clients. I worked on the federal Corrie v. Caterpillar case, w... view profile
I've been passionate about helping seniors and their families since 1993 when I had... more
I've been passionate about helping seniors and their families since 1993 when I had the opportunity to help two families protect long held real estate from the costs of long term care for one of the patriarchs. Since then my practice, and now my firm, have developed into a practice exclusively focused on elder law.
I have been practicing law for 28 years. During that time I have helped over 8,000... more
I have been practicing law for 28 years. During that time I have helped over 8,000 families prepare their estate plans. In addition I have helped many families qualify their loved ones for medicaid to help pay nursing home expenses. In my law firm we specialize in estate plannig and elder law. I have participated in over 1,000 public seminars in Spokane , the Tri Cities Yakima , Coeurd... view profile
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.