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March 22, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Parkland/Spanaway Branch Library
13718 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 798-4600
Free; No RSVP required
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Essential Legal Documents

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Age has nothing to do with it. Everyone needs to have these essential documents in place. Learn about details in this impartial, informational presentation.

Workshop Provides Guidance on Essential Legal Documents 

The saying goes, “Lack of preparation on your part does not require a crisis on my part.”  Yet many Americans have failed to prepare the most essential legal documents – will, power of attorney and advance directives for finances and health care.  Spouses or families are often left to make many decision without the expressed wishes of their loved one.

Forbes magazine reports that 51% of Americans age 55 to 64 don’t have wills.  Worse, 62% of those age 45 to 54 — and 67% of women that age — haven’t drafted wills.  It is also reported that 64% of the public in general doesn’t have a will.  Figures for Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives are no better.  

“Every day people have tragic accidents or die unexpectedly,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources.  “At that point families start asking themselves what they should do and what their family member would want done.  Without specific documents at hand, actions will be taken and questions will linger.”

Four workshops sessions have been scheduled:
March 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Sumner Branch Library, 1116 Fryar Ave., Sumner
March 18, 10:00 a.m. – Noon at the Pierce County Sound View Building, 3602 Pacific Ave., Tacoma;
March 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Parkland/Spanaway Branch Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma;
March 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the University Place Branch Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100, University Place.

Creating a will and reviewing it regularly is sage advice.  But more and more people are also deciding to place their property in a trust.  Doing that depends on many personal factors.  Equally important is to create Advance Directives, written instructions about future medical care in case in the event you are unable to express your medical wishes.  In addition, designating another person, or persons, as Power of Attorney for Healthcare and/or Finances takes careful thought and conversation.   

The presenter for the workshops will be attorney Jonete Waters Rehmke, member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  It is sponsored by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center.  The presentations are free and open to the public.  No RSVP is required.  For more information call (253) 798-4600.