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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. 


Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 20%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Elder Law: 20%
  4. Guardianship: 15%
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Jackie Wilbur Bedard

    Margaret is not only a skilled professional but one that cares deeply about the services that she provides to her clients. She is incredibly knowledgeable. I recommend Margaret without hesitation.


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  • Elizabeth Elaine Christy

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Contact info

Phelan Webber & Associates P.S.

502 East McLoughlin Boulevard
Vancouver, WA, 98663


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Assocation2012
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Most Valuable MemberNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys,Washington Chapter2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerMargaret Madison Phelan PS1996 - Present
Associate AttorneyBlair Schaefer Hutchison & Wolfe, LLP1994 - 1996
Associate AttorneyHorenstein & Duggan1992 - 1994
Associate AttorneyBittner & Barker1988 - 1992
Judicial ClerkUs District Court (Portland)1986 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1992 - Present
Clark County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Oregon State BarMemberN/A
Washington Women LawyersMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Multnomah Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Washington ChapterPresident2005 - 2006
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Washington ChapterBoard of Directors2003 - 2007
Clark County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - 2002
Oregon State Bar, Elder Law SectionBoard of Directors (founding member)1999 - 2001
Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law SectionBoard of Directors1998 - 2000
Washington Women Lawyers, St Helens ChapterPresident1998 - 2000
Publication nameTitleDate
AdvantageWhat You Really Need to Know for the Second Half of Life2015
Senior MessengerHow to Talk to Someone with Dementia2015
Senior MessengerGetting Good Nursing Home Care2015
Senior MessengerPower of Attorney versus Guardianship2015
Senior MessengerWhat is the VA Aid & Attendance Pension2015
Senior Messenger3 Mistakes to Avoid During the Second Half of Life2014
Senior MessengerForecasting the Costs for Alzheimer's Care2014
Senior MessengerIs It Time for Mom & Dad to Move2014
Senior MessengerWhen Should You Redo Your Will2014
Senior Messenger7 Resolutions You Need to Make This Year2013
Senior MessengerLong Term Care Insurance2013
Senior MessengerNever Make a Promise You Can't Keep2013
Senior MessengerWhat is a Trust?2013
Senior MessengerHelping our Parents2012
Senior MessengerNew Years Resolutions & Estate Planning2012
Senior MessengerOptions to Avoid Nursing Home Sticker Shock2011
Senior MessengerReverse Mortgages2011
Senior MessengerVA Benefits2011
Senior MessengerSecond Marriages & Blended Families2011
Senior MessengerDoes probate mean I have to pay taxes?2011
Senior MessengerNew Years Resolutions2010
Senior MessengerEstate Tax Rules2010
Senior MessengerIs Probate Good or Bad?2010
Senior MessengerAvoiding Exploitation2010
Senior MessengerLong Term Care Insurance2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of Hawaii, ManoaN/AM.B.A.1983
University of IowaN/AB.B.A.1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Protecting Seminar held by Phelan Webber & Assocates7 Ways Our Trusts Can Save You Money and Protect Your Spouse, Your House and Your Family from the Government2016
Planning Seminar held by Phelan Webber & Associates6 Planning Steps for the Second Half of Life that You Need to Take in 2016 to Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your House2016
Seminar held by Phelan Webber & Associates5 Costly Myths of Estate Planning: What You Really Need To Know2015
Seminar held by Phelan Webber & AssociatesProtect Your Home, Your Life Savings, and Your Family From Catastrophic Illness and Nursing Home Expenses2015
CLEPaying for Long Term Care2010
Fall CLESelected Estate Planning Topics2009
Annual Estate Planning Conference - FallDeveloping & Managing an Estate Planning Practice2008
Annual CLESecrets of Powers of Attorney2006
Continuing Legal Education ProgramDurable Powers of Attorney2003
LTC Insurance Annual TrainingWashington Medicaid2002