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Wills & Estates

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Your Right to Make Health Care Decisions

Information from the Oregon Health Plan Client Handbook about your right to make health care decisions, including the use of advanced directives.

Senior Law Project

The Senior Law Project (SLP) is a volunteer lawyer program that is operated by Legal Aid Services of Oregon in the Portland metro area. SLP attorneys help clients with civil legal issues.

Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator assists in finding local agencies in every U.S. community that can help older persons and their families access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services.

Accessibility to Oregon Courts

Information about requesting accommodation for disabilities in order to use the state court system's services or facilities.

Your Will

Information about wills in Oregon.

Advice on Wills & Financial Powers of Attorney

Information to assist with the preparation of a will or a financial power of attorney.

Writing a Will

Many people believe that estate planning is only for wealthy people. People at all economic levels benefit from an estate plan. Upon death, an estate plan legally protects and distributes property based on your wishes and the needs of your family and/or survivors with as little tax as possible. This website also has information about social media wills.

Probate

Basic information about probate in Oregon. Probate is a legal process where a court oversees the distribution of assets left by a person who has died.

Get a "Life Plan"

A good Life Plan includes planning for your assets during your lifetime, planning for medical decisions, planning for your assets after death, and planning for your body after death. As you create your Life Plan, you’ll think about important questions like who you trust most to help you with financial and medical decisions, and you’ll identify your most important wishes and priorities.

Important Legal Protections

Basic information about wills, financial powers of attorney, revocable living trusts, durable powers of attorney for finances, health care powers of attorney, advance directives for heath care and living wills. With these documents in place, you can rest assured that your assets are safely accounted for and your health care wishes will be met.

Revocable Living Trusts

Frequently-asked questions about revocable living trusts.

10 Things You Should Know About Living Trusts

Information about revocable living trusts and how they are different from other estate planning options.

Important Legal Protections

Basic information about wills, financial powers of attorney, revocable living trusts, durable powers of attorney for finances, health care powers of attorney, advance directives for heath care and living wills. With these documents in place, you can rest assured that your assets are safely accounted for and your health care wishes will be met.

What is a Living Will? (Advance directive)

In Oregon, a living will is known as an advance directive. You can use this document to appoint someone called a health care representative to make health care decisions for you when you are unable to make your own health care decisions. Includes a link to Oregon's official Advance Directive form.

Legal Issues for Older Adults

The Legal Issues for Older Adults handbook is designed to help identify some of the matters that people may encounter as they age. The booklet may be read on line, downloaded for free, or purchased. Topics covered include benefits and medical programs, long-term care, estate planning, consumer information, protecting yourself from crime and abuse, and family relationships.

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