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Rachel's Story

Several years ago, while working as a domestic violence prosecutor, I was assigned a case which would change the course of my career.  I had handled literally hundreds of DV cases, but this one was unusual - at the time.  The victim was 90, and the perpetrator was her son.    What made the case even worse was that the victim was completely disabled by Alzheimer's Disease.  Her son had not only struck her in the face, he also had drained all her money.

We prosecuted the son for assault, but when I asked my supervisor about adding a theft charge, he declined.  A jury wouldn't understand a son stealing from her mother, he thought.  A jury could understand someone who used a gun to steal, but they wouldn't understand someone who used a power of attorney to steal.  (I am happy to report that this thinking has changed!  Clark County now has an Elder Justice Center and regularly prosecutes those who financially abuse their elders.) 

One day, while the case was pending, I got a call from a woman who said she was a Guardian ad Litem for this lady.   It was this Guardian ad Litem, a court-appointed investigator in the guardianship case, who first educated me about how guardianships could protect the helpless. 

I opened my own practice in 2004 and have steadily built my guardianship and elder law practice ever since.  I love working with the people who really care about elders - all of you caregivers, facilities, and professionals who stand up for the vulnerable.  I am blessed with fantastic co-workers.  

This is a great time to practice elder law.  If you have questions, we would be happy to help if we can.  If we can't help, we will try to refer you to someone who can. 

 
 

Our Staff

 
 
Rachel

Attorney

Rachel Anne Brooks

Rachel has represented petitioners in thousands of guardianship and vulnerable adult cases.  She also represents guardians, including professional guardians, trustees, and other fiduciaries.  Rachel is the co-founder and current president of the Clark County Bar Association Elder Law and Guardianship Section.  She is a board member and secretary of Southwest Washington Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition ("SWEAP") and represents SWEAP on the Elder Justice Center Board.  Rachel serves on the board of the Clark County Law Library.

 

Education

Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College
Juris Doctor, 1995

University of Tennessee
B.A., Political Science, 1990

View Rachel's résumé

Professional Memberships

• Washington State Bar Association

• Oregon State Bar Association (inactive)

• Clark County Bar Association

• WSBA Elder Law Section

• WSBA Health Care Law Section

• CCBA Elder Law Section

• Washington Women Lawyers

 

 
 

Legal Assistant

Jake Whiston

Jake has been working as an elder law legal assistant since 2018. He has extensive experience working with developmentally disabled adults and prior experience as a caregiver. He also is a talented photographer, musician, and filmmaker.

Jake regularly attends training in the field of dementia and protection of vulnerable adults.   Jake works hard, gets the clients' work done efficiently, and is responsive and respectful.   

 
 

 
 
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Paralegal

Sherri Farr

Sherri is a Registered Paralegal through the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and is a member of the Washington State Paralegal Association. She volunteers with the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers in the family law clinic as well as the guardianship clinic. She is also on the Clark County Superior Court Registry as a Title 11 Guardian ad Litem, and is a member of the Clark County Title 11 Guardian ad Litem Education Group.  

Sherri works part-time in elder law with our office but also practices family law as one of the first Limited License Legal Technicians admitted by the Washington State Bar Association to practice in Clark County.  Her website for her family law practice is https://thefarrlawoffice.com/

 

Professional Memberships

• Washington State Bar Association

• Clark County Bar Association

• WSBA Family Law Section