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July 2017 SPIN Meeting: Ethics, Advocacy, and Older Adults


Date: July 24, 2017

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm


Metro West Ambulance

5475 NE Dawson Creek Dr,

Hillsboro, OR 97124

Portland, OR 97233

Topic: Ethics, Advocacy, and Older Adults: Working with families in crises, adults with diminished capacity, and multiple interested players can be a bumpy road. We will talk about best practices for avoiding ethical pitfalls while providing appropriate advocacy for your clients. Working with real life examples, we will discuss working with a person with diminished capacity, when a guardianship or conservatorship is preferable to a power of attorney, when and how to report suspected elder abuse, and how to best manage the different players in our client’s life. Come with questions


Meredith L. Williamson is an attorney with NW Estate Law, LLC. Meredith has worked with older adults for over ten years and focuses her law practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, and small business planning. She has a special place in her heart for her elderly clients and finds it a privilege to help people navigate difficult decisions; whether it is planning ahead with estate planning or crises intervention with elder law. Meredith earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1998, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2002. She is licensed with the Oregon State Bar and holds an inactive, good standing license with the California State Bar. Meredith is the legal editor of the Oregon State Bar’s publication Legal Issues for Older Adults, a guest blogger on The Senior List. She lives in Portland with her two children, husband, and “Shug” (Shih-Tzu/Pug mix).


Metro West Ambulance is the only 9-1-1 provider for Washington County, Oregon and Pacific County in Washington State, Coos County, Lincoln County, and Clatsop County. We respond to nearly 70,000 requests for service annually. In addition to emergency medical transportation, Metro West provides wheelchair transportation, non emergency ambulance and critical care transports. They support organizations by providing medical standby coverage, EMS education events, and financial donations.

Parking instructions: Please don't park in parking lot on opposite side of Metro West building. It is best to park on same side as Metro West at MWA building.

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