The what, when and how of legal documents

What do you want for your care? How will your resources be spent? Who will decide?
To help answer those questions and others,Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources will host “Who Decides: Powers of Attorney and Guardianships,” a free public presentation on legal instruments that are recommended. For instance, power of attorney allows you to pick someone you trust to handle your affairs if you cannot do so yourself. And guardianships are often created to manage the personal and/or financial matters of another person.
“People often have a sense of invincibility,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources. “The reality is that we are all vulnerable to a situation in which we are not able to speak for ourselves. It’s in these trying circumstances that we most need to have legal documents like these in place.\ before it’s too late.”
“Who Decides” will be offered three times in July in Tacoma in approximately one-hour sessions:
• July 6 at 12:10 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex main meeting room, 2401 S. 35th St.
• July 7 at 12:10 p.m. in the Rainier Conference Room on the seventh floor of the County-City Building.
• July 11 at 10:00 a.m. at the Soundview Building, 3602 Pacific Ave.
Each presentation will include handouts about forming a power of attorney and creating a guardianship. Other related topics will include wills, advance directives, trusts and estate planning.
The workshop will be presented by Bryana Cross, an elder law attorney.
Additional information is available from the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600.