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Legal Resources

Washington Medicaid Cremation/Burial Fund Form
The state of Washington allows individuals eligible for Medicaid to set aside up to $1,500 in a special account for cremation or burial expenses, in addition to $2,000 in non-exempt assets.  This form allows individuals to designate such funds for funeral purposes.  For more information regarding this provision, see page 7, section F of the attached document produced by Columbia Legal Services.

Washington Law Help
Information and forms in several languages on a wide variety of legal issues affecting residents of Washington state. This is an excellent go-to guide for those who wish to handle legal issues on their own at no cost.   Washington LawHelp is provided as a public service by the Northwest Justice Project in collaboration with other legal aid providers.

Senior Rights Assistance
A program through Senior Services of King County which provides information, forms and legal advice to seniors.  There are a variety legal resources on their website which can be of benefit to anyone residing in Washington state.

What To Do When A Death Occurs–Senior Rights Assistance
A practical and comprehensive resource on legal procedures after there has been a death including how to settle an estate.  An excellent self-help guide.

Honor My Wishes
A non-profit organization which provides a comprehensive binder of documents to assist individuals with organizing their legal, financial, health care and funeral affairs in preparation for end of life. The whole set is available for a suggested donation of $25.

Washington State Medical Association
This website contains information for patients on a variety of topics, including a section entitled Who Will Decide If You Can’t. This section describes the role of Health Care Directives (Living Will), Durable Powers of Attorney, and Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders.

Lawyer Referral Service
The Washington State Bar Association provides a lawyer referral service in counties throughout the state to assist you with finding a lawyer who is able to meet your particular legal needs.

End of Life Washington
Formerly Compassion & Choices of Washington, End of Life Washington adocates for Advance Directives/Power of Attorney for Health and are the stewards of the Death with Dignity Law.

Washington Center for Health Statistics
Washington State Department of Health site for ordering copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates.