Learn how to make decisions when you can’t


PIERCE COUNTY — Car crashes, sports injuries, work mishaps, falls, home accidents, acute diseases and infections, disasters. Something happens and suddenly you are no longer able to speak. What do you want for your care? How will your resources be spent? Who will decide?

Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources will host “Who Decides: Powers of Attorney and Guardianships” to discuss two of the most important legal instruments a person should have. The power of attorney (POA) allows you to pick someone you trust to handle your affairs if you cannot do so yourself. 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:

  • July 6 – 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma
  • July 7 – 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in the , County City Building Rainier Conference Room, 7th Floor, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. in Tacoma
  • July 11 – 10 to 11 a.m. at the Soundview Building, 3602 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma

Each presentation will include informative handouts about forming a Power of Attorney and creating a guardianship. Other related topics to be discussed include wills, advance directives, trusts and estate planning. The workshop will be presented by Bryana Cross, an elder law attorney.

“Who Decides?” is sponsored by Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources (ADR). For additional information about the series call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

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