Knauerhase Law Office

What exactly is elder law?  The "People's Law Dictionary" defines it as:

elder law (n.) a specialty in legal practice, covering estate planning, wills, trusts, arrangements for care, social security and retirement benefits, protection against elder abuse (physical, emotional and financial), and other concerns of older people. As more people live longer it has become an increasingly important field.

Ms. Knauerhase can help with all of these issues, both for advance planning (arranging things before you need them) and at-need (when something happens to you or your family).  She will use her experience and knowledge to help you carry out your wishes, while obtaining all the benefits available to you under the law.

Among the services she can provide are:

  • a basic will — describing how your property and assets should be distributed, and how minor children should be provided for after your demise

  • trusts — to provide for specific bequests and to obtain a more favorable tax situation upon your death

  • a durable power-of-attorney (POA) — so loved ones can manage your affairs should you be incapacitated

  • a health care POA — to express your wishes about how you'll be cared for (life support, tube feeding, etc.)
  • beneficiary planning — for insurance policies, IRA accounts, and so forth; including describing the tax treatment of different choices

  • gifting advice — legal options to transfer assets to family while qualifying for Medicare/Medicaid; charitable giving and its effect on taxes before and after death

  • a guardianship or conservatorship — designating someone (a family member or a lawyer) to manage your affairs
  • retirement planning — working with other professionals (CPA, tax advisor) at many stages in your life

  • probate and estate administration — guiding a personal representative (executor of a will) through the probate process, or acting as your representative when needed

If you'd like to schedule an appointment to discuss any of these issues — no matter whether you're 30, 50, or 80 years old — please contact us today!

Knauerhase Law Office
8403 SW 8th Avenue
Portland, OR  97219-4546

Office: (503) 228-0055
Fax: (503) 228-0056