Carla Calogero

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Carla Calogero is an Associate Attorney at Reed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens PLLC.  Carla focuses her practice on: elder and special needs law; guardianships, probates and trusts; vulnerable adult protective actions; litigation and TEDRA (Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act) proceedings, and; advance care and estate planning.

Carla is also regularly appointed by the King County Superior Court to serve as Guardian ad Litem or Special Representative for alleged incapacitated persons, adjudicated incapacitated persons, and minor individuals.

Carla currently serves as the Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, and is the immediate past Chair of the Guardianship and Elder Law Section of the King County Bar Association.

Carla has provided pro bono legal services at the Elder Law Clinic of the King County Bar Association for over four years.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Senior Services (now, Sound Generations), and on the Board of Directors of the American Parkinson Disease Association Washington Chapter.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Carla was a Seattle public high school biology teacher, as well as a bioethics instructor and curriculum author.  She holds a Master’s degree in Bioethics from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in Education from Western Washington University.  As an attorney, Carla enjoys the opportunity to educate various community and professional groups at her many speaking engagements.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Advanced Guardianship Issues”, Presenter, King County Bar Association. March 2017.
  • “Certified Professional Guardians Continuing Education Conference”, Presenter, Guardianship Institute of Washington. March 2017.
  • “Elder Law and Bioethics”, Presenter to the Care Management Certification Program at the University of Washington, Professional and Continuing Education. February 2016.
  • “Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision-Making”, Presenter to Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care fellows. Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System. August 2015.
  • “Omitted Heirs and Family Allowance”, Probate Litigation, King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program (“CLE”).  August 2015.
  • “Washington Case Law and Legislative Update”, Title 11 Guardian ad Litem Certification and Recertification Training, King County Bar Association. May 2015.
  • “Guardianship Proceedings in Washington State”, Presenter, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System. April 2015.
  • “Washington Case Law and Legislative Update”, Advanced Guardianship Issues – New Paradigms for Your Guardianship Practice, King County Bar Association. April 2015.
  • “Powers of Attorney”, Personal Estate Planning for the 99%, King County Bar Association CLE. April 2015.
  • “Durable Powers of Attorney for Healthcare”, American Parkinson Disease Association, Washington Chapter “Take Charge” program. April 2014.
  • “Advance Care Directives and Surrogate Decision-Making in Washington State,” Ethics Committee, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.  December 2014.
  • “Guardianship in Washington State”, Guest Lecturer, Elder Law course, Seattle University School of Law.  October 2014.
  • “Introduction to Guardianship,” Introduction to Elder Law and Guardianship, King County Bar Association CLE. October 2014.
  • “Guardianship in Washington State”, Guest Lecturer, Health Law Advocacy course, University of Washington School of Law.  April 2014.
  • “Advance Care and Financial Management Planning,” Personal Estate Planning for the 99%.   King County Bar Association CLE.  April 2014, and May 2013.
  • “Washington State Case Law Update.”  Washington State Bar Association 17th Annual Elder Law Conference.  March 2014.
  • “A Durable Power-of-Attorney May be the Most Important Legal Document You Execute.”  Parkinson’s Pathfinder Winter 2014, Washington Chapter American Parkinson Disease Association.
  • “Special Needs Trusts.”  National Alliance on Mental Illness, Senior Parents of Adult Children with Mental Illness Support Group, Crown Hill Methodist Church. September 2013.
  • “Washington State Case Law Update.”  Washington State Bar Association 16th Annual Elder Law Conference.  March 2013.
  • Carla Calogero, “Elder Law,” Parkinson Support Group, Horizon House.  January 2013.
  • “Death of the Incapacitated Person: Legal, Ethical and Practical Issues,” Washington Association of Professional Guardians, Spring Training.  May 2012.
  • “Less Restrictive Alternatives to Guardianship,” Inter-County Guardianship Guardian ad Litem Training, sponsored by the King County Bar Association Guardianship and Elder Law Section.  April 2012.
  • “Washington State Case Law Update,” Washington State Bar Association 14th Annual Elder Law Conference.  September 2011.
  • “Ethical Considerations in Probate Practice,” Estate Administration: Why Every Step is Important, National Business Institute.  August 2011.
  • “Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls: Best Practices When Serving as a Professional Fiduciary,” Certified Professional Guardian Continuing Education Program.  April 2011.
  • “Medicaid Estate Recovery,” Medicaid Update 2011, National Business Institute CLE.  March 2011.
  • “Guardianship and the Medicaid Client,” Medicaid Update 2011, National Business Institute CLE.  March 2011.
  • “What Elders Need to Know About Elder Law,” Greenwood Senior Center.  February 2011.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association Elder Law Section
    • Executive Committee
      • Chair, 2015-2016
      • Chair-Elect, 2014-2015
      • Outreach Chair, 2012-2014
      • Washington Young Lawyers Division Liaison, 2011-2012
  • King County Bar Association Guardianship and Elder Law Section
    • Executive Committee
      • Chair, 2014-2015
      • Chair-Elect, 2013-2014
      • Secretary, 2012-2013
      • Treasurer, 2011-2012
  • Washington State Bar Association Real Property and Probate Section
  • King County Bar Association Real Property and Probate Section
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Washington Association of Elder Law Attorneys

Publications

  • Author - Elder Law Month. Reed Longyear Blog, 2015.
  • Author – A Durable Power-of-Attorney May be the Most Important Legal Document You Execute. Parkinson’s Pathfinder Winter 2014, Washington Chapter American Parkinson Disease Association.
  • Chief Editor - Family and Volunteer Guardian Handbook, King County Bar Association, 2011.

Pro Bono Activities

  • Senior Services (now, Sound Generations), Board Member, 2015 – Present.
  • American Parkinson Disease Association, Board Member (Washington Chapter), 2014 – Present.
  • Washington State Medical Association POLST Task Force, Member, 2013 – Present.
  • Lifetime Advocacy Plus Master Pooled Trust, Trust Investment Committee Member, 2014 – Present.
  • King County Bar Association Elder Law Clinic, Attorney Volunteer, 2010 – 2015.
  • King County Superior Court Ex-Parte/Probate Department, Review Calendars, 2010 – Present.
  • Washington First Responders Wills Clinic, Volunteer Attorney, 2010 – 2012.
  • Loren Miller Bar Association Estate Planning Clinic, Volunteer Attorney, 2011.