Frequently Asked Questions:


What is the WA Vets Will Clinic?

The WA Vets Will Clinic was founded in 2012 to provide free estate planning documents to eligible veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses. The Clinic is focused on providing pro bono services to Washington state residents.


Who is eligible for the WA Vets Will Clinic program?

In order to qualify for a WA Vets Will Clinic event, an applicant must:

  1. Be a Washington State resident; and
  2. Be a Veteran of a branch of the United States Armed Forces
  3. Have a DD214 (Report of Separation or some other official document evidencing military service); and
  4. Have a net worth of less than $500,000.00 ($1,000,000.00 if married); and

 Additional conditions may be in place for individual Clinic events. 


How do I sign up?

You must apply using the WA Vets Will Clinic online intake form in order to be considered for free estate plan documents - all WA Vets Will Clinic events are by appointment only (no walk-ups). Not all that apply will be selected, and all use and participation is subject to the WA Vets Will Clinic terms, conditions and disclaimer, as amended from time to time.


When is the next WA Vets Will Clinic event?

Please consult the Sign Up page for current Clinic offerings.


What are the estate planning documents I'll receive?

Each veteran client will receive fully executed will, power of attorney for finance, power of attorney for healthcare, and healthcare directive. The below descriptions of each of these documents is meant for general informational purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Will – how you want your things divvied up when you are no longer here to enjoy them. Note that a Will often does not affect any instrument with a beneficiary designation (such as a Life Insurance Policy, some investment and retirement accounts). (your voice)

Healthcare Directive – what your preferences are regarding life- sustaining measures for when you are unable to communicate them to medical personnel. (your voice)

Power of Attorney for Healthcare names the person who will make medical decisions with medical providers, including those decisions that you may not have previously considered or communicated. (someone else speaking for you)

Power of Attorney for Finances – names the person who will make financial decisions if you are unable. This includes permission to take most actions with your money such as paying your bills or selling assets. (someone else speaking for you)


What are other related documents not included in this Clinic's services?

You may have heard of other documents such as a community property agreement or funeral plan. These are not included in the services provided by the Clinic at this time. The below descriptions of each of these documents is meant for general informational purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Community Property Agreements often used for long term marriages, where each spouse wants the surviving spouse to receive all of their property, not only what was gained during the marriage. Using this tool eliminates the need for probate in most cases. The Estate Planning documents discussed above do not include a community property agreement.

Funeral Plan – This is a separate document with preferred hymns/songs, prior arrangements, burial or cremation preference. Not a necessary document, but helpful to immediate family and arrangers. Wills are often reviewed only after funeral services, which is why you may want to have a separate document from your will. The Estate Planning documents discussed above do not include a funeral plan.


Where can I find out about other Veteran's services?

Below is a list of groups that offer services for veterans. Some of these groups may be present at future WA Vets Will Clinic events. Although you need to sign up in advance for the WA Vets Will Clinic, NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY TO COME TO THE CLINIC AND SPEAK WITH THE ORGANIZATIONS ON THIS PAGE.

Please note that certain groups have eligibility requirements for services. Organizations on this list in no way guarantee service to those that inquire. WA Vets Will Clinic provides the following information as a community service, information provided on the WA Vets Will Clinic webpage is not intended to be referral or endorsement of any organization.


Army OneSource

Website: Army OneSource



Army OneSource (AOS) is a Secretary of the Army Initiative to provide a comprehensive community support and service delivery for Service Members and their Families regardless of component or geographic location. Through Community Support Coordinators located throughout the US and Pacific, ASO is raising awareness and generating support among the private sector to effectively serve the unique challenges of Military life, including the growing demand for behavior health, financial, legal and faith-based services. Utilizing traditional establishments on Military Installations, a Web-based portal, and local community partners, AOS is helping empower Service Members and their Family Members to be strong, healthy and connected to the best resources wherever they may be.

  American Red Cross - Inland Northwest Region 

Website: Inland Northwest Red Cross

 

The American Red Cross links members of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed all over the world with their families through year-round emergency communications. Area Chapters also reach out and connect with local military communities through programs such as Visiting Vets, workshops for families of deployed soldiers, and Holiday Mail for Heroes.

 Gonzaga University School of Law:

University Legal Assistance at the Gonzaga Center for Law and Justice


Website: University Legal Assistance


The The Gonzaga Center for Law and Justice is home to University Legal Assistance (ULA), and provides a variety of legal services in areas such as consumer and elder law.

 Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
State Veterans Cemetery at Medical Lake




Washington State Veterans Cemetery has information on how qualifying Veterans can obtain internment services at the State Cemetery. The Washington State Veterans Cemetery is part of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides a variety of veterans benefits.

For married couples, you MUST have a marriage certificate with you at the Vets Will Clinic to pre-register for internment.


 United States Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Website: VA.gov


The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of benefits including, Disability, Education and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loan Guaranty, Dependant and Survivor Benefits, Medical Treatment, Life Insurance and Burial Benefits.

 Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs 
Spokane Veterans Home


Website: Spokane Veterans Home


Washington State Veterans Homes are here to serve your rehabilitative or long-term care needs. Our homes are Medicare and Medicaid certified and ready to serve veterans and their widows or spouses who are eligible.