Aging is something just about every Kent resident would love to avoid but, unfortunately, it is inevitable. One of the biggest stresses of aging is the fear of death. While thinking about one's death can be taxing, it is important to consider one's plan - particularly as it relates to long-term care planning - to avoid more stress down the road.
As a general rule, the baby boomer generation has enjoyed greater financial success than subsequent generations, but as Washington residents may know from experience, the disparity between generations has also meant that the fruits of that success often end up going toward the ongoing welfare of children rather than the future needs of parents. Financial planners are increasingly warning baby boomers against putting off activities that may be essential to handling critical issues in later years.
Kent residents may have heard the tragic story about a man who set fire to a rental home in the town of Graham, killing himself and his two children. With the man's wife having been missing since December 2009, the woman's parents turned to the Washington courts for authority to oversee the administration of her estate. The court relied on a probate law aimed particularly at missing person cases in order to appoint the parents as special estate administrators.
Parents across King County understand the special challenges inherent in raising a child with a cognitive disability. Those challenges can become even more concerning as a vulnerable child grows into adulthood. Unfortunately, some parents of vulnerable children may feel intimidated by the legal system and neglect to take steps that can give them the legal authority necessary for the continuance of much needed care.