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Theft of Medication is Financial Exploitation

Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by John S. Palmer
The Washington Court of Appeals has upheld a finding by DSHS that a caregiver’s theft of morphine constituted “financial exploitation” of a vulnerable adult under the Abuse of Vulnerable Adults Act. The caregiver, who was also the co-owner of the… More >

Alimony and Long Term Care

Posted Friday, March 21, 2014 by John S. Palmer
Washington law permits an award of maintenance (commonly known as alimony) “in such amounts and for such periods of time as the court deems just, without regard to misconduct, after considering all relevant factors” including the length of the marriage… More >

New Law Protecting Veterans

Posted Friday, March 14, 2014 by John S. Palmer
The Washington legislature has approved legislation aimed at protecting veterans from shady marketing practices. The bill, SB 6208, was sent to the governor for signing on March 13. The bill is intended to curb abuses by “pension poachers”… More >

Washington’s Public Guardianship Program

Posted Friday, March 7, 2014 by John S. Palmer
The Office of Public Guardianship (OPG) was established in 2007 to provide legal guardians for incapacitated persons who have no one willing or able to serve as guardian and cannot otherwise afford a professional guardian. An individual who has been… More >

Developing a State Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted Friday, February 28, 2014 by John S. Palmer
A bill to establish an Alzheimer’s disease task force is making its way through the Washington State legislature. On February 26, a majority of the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness voted to recommend passage of Substitute Senate Bill 6124… More >

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