Civil Collaborative Law: Elder Law

As we age we all face diminishing abilities to care for ourselves without assistance. Elder Law practitioners help people to maintain their independence. We do so through proactive disability planning and through educating family members, friends, and the community on legal options available to step0in to aid those who fail to plan in time or who face abuse and exploitation

Elder Law addresses intensely personal rights and issues where family members often cannot agree on what help in needed. Elder Law disputes may be very painful for everyone involved and may be damaging to long-term family relationships.

The collaborative approach creates a safe vessel to resolve these important issues while preserving family relationships. Collaborative Law can help families work together to:

  • Create a care plan for a loved one who has become disabled
  • Proactively plan what will happen when an aging family member needs assistance
  • Resolve disputes over the use of Powers of Attorney, Advanced Health Care Directives, and Living Trusts.
  • Resolve disputes over particular issues regarding guardianship, capacity and care such as the continued ability to drive or live independently
  • Resolve conflicts regarding protection from abuse or fin financial exploitation of vulnerable adults
  • Address concerns regarding business-succession planning

Collaborative Law can provide an efficient, solution-oriented process to accomplish these goals.  It does so through an approach and a structure that supports best intentions and honors the dignity of the family members involved. A collaborative approach to these conflicts can allow:

  • Improved communication and a more open sharing of information
  • Enhanced privacy and dignity for the elder
  • Provides greater control of the process by the parties
  • Allow for more creative and durable solutions to problems
  • Allow parties to experiment with trial solutions
  • Allow for shared experts such as financial planners and care managers
  • Preserve family harmony and reduce conflict and resentment in the future
  • Reduce cost and waste of family resources

For more information call Jamie Clausen,  at 206.459-1908 or email her at or call Alexandra Moore-Wulsin at 206.859.6800 or email her at

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