Updated: Nov. 7, 2018

Elder Law Section

The practice of elder law focuses on an array of legal issues particularly important to older people but important to many others as well. They include issues relating to retirement and estate planning, to powers of attorney, guardianship and other forms of substitute decision making, to private and public long-term care and other healthcare financing and to abuse of vulnerable individuals, among other issues.

The Elder Law Section offers opportunities for education and consultation on issues relevant to elder law practice. Occasional seminars are complemented by the Section's active list serve — an ongoing conversation among members, responding to questions and sharing insights. The Section also offers opportunities for serious exploration of systemic problems identified by members and for policy advocacy on issues relating to the administration of justice.

Annual Report

Budget

Bylaws

Section Info Sheet

See a list of Section Resources and Legal Opinions.


Fall Social

Join us for the WSBA Elder Law Section and the KCBA Guardianship and Elder Law Section's Fall Social.

  • Enjoy appetizers, wine and other beverages, complimentary of Aegis and the KCBA Guardianship and Elder Law Section
  • Catch up and relax with your colleagues, and meet new members of the Section
  • Silent Auction to support the Peter Greenfield Scholarship

When: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, 5-8 pm

Where: Aegis on Madison, 2200 E. Madison St., Seattle

An RSVP is required to attend. Attendance is free for WSBA Elder Law Section members and KCBA Guardianship and Elder Law Section members.

Valet parking is available depending on availability.

RSVP by Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, to Miriam Ayoub, at miriam@michellegraunke.com.


Membership

Who Can Join?

Any active member of the WSBA may join the Elder Law Section at any time. Inactive members and non-members of the WSBA can join as subscribers. This affords professionals in the same field the opportunity to stay current about the law related activities in their field.

What is the Cost?

There are two categories of membership. If you are a member of the WSBA, you pay the lawyer membership fee, currently $35 per year. If you are not an attorney in the state of Washington, you may join as a subscriber, at the same $35 per year rate. Subscribers receive the newsletters and notices of activities of the section, but they do not have voting status.

How Do I Join?

Join the WSBA Elder Law Section online or contact the WSBA Service Center at 800-945-9722 or 206-443-9722 or email questions@wsba.org


Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Summer Internship Scholarship

Over his distinguished 40-year career, attorney Peter Greenfield worked tirelessly on behalf of thousands of seniors living in poverty in Washington. He was also an active member of the WSBA Elder Law Section and following his retirement from Columbia Legal Services in 2010, the Section established the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship. The Scholarship provides for a summer internship in elder law at Columbia Legal Services, a non-profit legal aid organization dedicated to serving very low-income and marginalized populations. Funds for the scholarship, given to students at one of the three Washington law schools, come from Section member donations.

You can donate to the Scholarship online or by mail. Make checks payable to:

Washington State Bar Foundation
1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101

*Please note "Peter Greenfield Internship Fund "or "PGIF" on your check.

You can find more information about the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship here:

Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship Video

Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship Article

Thank you for your contribution!


Executive Committee

ChairKaren Boxx

Chair-Elect: Meredith Grigg

SecretaryPeggy Sanders

Treasurer: Matthew Parker

Immediate Past Chair: Megan Farr

Young Lawyer Liaison: Sage Graves*

Board of Governors Liaison: Chris Meserve*

Legislative Co-Chairs:  Sage Graves & Katherine Hurt

Communications Co-ChairsAmy Freeman & Lisa Kremer

CLE Co-ChairsAngela Macey-Cushman & Suzanne Thomson Wininger

Grants Co-ChairsMiriam Ayoub & Ronald St. Hilaire

Outreach Co-ChairsMichael Longyear & Ann LoGerfo

At-Large Members

Carla Calogero
Kameron Kirkevold
Mark Vohr

*Non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For general questions, please email inquiries to sections@wbsa.org. To get involved and learn more about the Elder Law Section, please contact Section Chair Karen Boxx.