Elder law in Washington state covers legislation that protects the rights and liberties of elderly residents. This includes residence location, health maintenance, government benefits, surrogate, conservation, and delegation planning. Washington elder law attorneys are well-versed in addressing issues that arise surrounding long-term care, retirement, exploitation, and abuse. They also take into consideration the financial and ethical factors involved in representing their clients.
In Washington, the state will decide who will make medical decisions for you if you are incapable due to physical and/or mental incapacity. This applies to elderly residents, as well. However, Washington State’s “Bill of Patient’s Rights” and an Advanced Directive protect your rights as a patient, even against your insurance company. An elder law attorney will be able to represent you should you find yourself under these circumstances.
Washington state also protects those elders who are Native American or non-citizens/immigrants.