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Powers of Attorney & Health Care Directives

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View the resources below to learn about powers of attorney and advance directive documents. Forms are provided for you to complete your own documents.  

  • Durable Power of Attorney Documents

    9608EN - A power of attorney document lets you choose a trusted friend or relative to help you with your finances and/or health care decisions. Forms for you to fill out are provided. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Health Care Directive (or Living Will)

    9607EN - A health care directive lets you state what kind of medical treatments you do or do not wish to have if you are terminally ill or permanently unconscious. This resource has the form for you to fill out. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
    Korean / 한국어
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive

    This first-of-its-kind advance planning document allows people coping with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to document their wishes about the inevitable challenges related to living with these illnesses. Even if this directive is not legal where you live, you can still use it to document your wishes and provide a guide for your family, health care providers, long-term care providers, and others. Read More

    By:
    Compassion and Choices of Washington
  • Mental Health Advance Directive

    This is an important legal document. It creates an advance directive for mental health treatment. Before signing this document you should know some important facts. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Alternatives to Guardianships for Adults

    3302EN - When a person has significant problems managing financial affairs or personal care, guardianship may be considered. Guardianship should be viewed as an option of last resort, however, because it can be costly (involves going to court) and it deprives an adult of very significant personal rights. This publication provides general information about alternatives to guardianship. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Managing Someone Else’s Money

    A set of four guides for financial caregivers—government fiduciaries, agents under power of attorney, guardians of property and trustees —to help them understand their duties, and how to prevent and respond to financial exploitation. Read More

    By:
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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    Spanish / Español
  • Handbook for Washington Seniors

    The Handbook is a comprehensive quick-reference guide on the full range of legal issues seniors face. Read More

    By:
    Legal Voice
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    Spanish / Español