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Elder Law FAQ

Elder law is an important legal area, but unless you have dealt with an elder law matter before, you probably do not understand all that you can do to protect yourself or a vulnerable parent.

At Rehmke Andreve, PS, our attorneys have nearly six decades of combined experience serving the Tacoma area in elder law. Our thorough understanding of the relevant law and concern for seniors’ well-being means you will get the best, most professional representation possible for resolving your family’s elder law issue.

The following are some of the most commonly asked questions our lawyers hear.

What Are Signs Of Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is a serious concern and can take many forms, including physical harm, emotional abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Some signs to watch for include unexplained injuries, sudden changes in mood or behavior, and unusual financial activity. If you notice that a loved one seems afraid of a certain person or if they are suddenly isolated from friends and family, these can also be red flags.

Do I Have To Sell My Home To Qualify For Medicaid?

Many seniors worry about losing their homes in order to qualify for Medicaid. The good news is, in Washington state, your home may not count as an asset when determining Medicaid eligibility, especially if you plan to return to it or if a spouse or dependent relative lives there. However, other rules could affect your eligibility. Discussing your situation with a lawyer who understands Medicaid planning is essential so you can make informed decisions about your future.

Who Can Serve As A Guardian For A Vulnerable Adult?

When an adult can no longer make decisions for themselves, the court may appoint a guardian. A guardian is someone who makes decisions about the person’s care and finances. Often, a family member or close friend is chosen, but sometimes a professional guardian is the best option. The most important factor is that the guardian is trustworthy and acts in the best interests of the vulnerable adult. We can help you understand the process and responsibilities involved in guardianship.

Find Out More About Elder Law

For more answers to your specific questions, please contact us at Rehmke Andreve, PS, to schedule an initial consultation. Call 253-642-4541 for an appointment.