Classes and Community Events

Legal Transitions to Adulthood

For Youth Nearing Adulthood and Their Parents and Caregivers

This class is for parents and caregivers of youth in their late teens who will need ongoing support as adults or help with decision-making, disability-related benefits and other services. The young person may also attend. The class is free.

Class Description

In this virtual class, lawyers from the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) will present information about public benefits and legal decision-making, such as:

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Benefits through the state Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
  • Financial planning to stay eligible for benefits
  • Supported decision-making (this allows someone with a disability to make choices about their own life with help from supporters they choose)
  • Durable power of attorney (DPOA) (a legal document a person can sign to give someone else authority to make medical decisions or manage finances on the signer’s behalf)
  • Legal guardianship (Note: our lawyers cannot help with guardianship paperwork)


  • Free

2023 Sessions

  • With Spanish interpretation 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • In English 2 to 3:30 p.m.


  • January 23
  • March 20
  • May 15
  • July 17
  • Sept 18
  • Nov 20

Watch a recorded class (EnglishSpanish, Vietnamese).

How to Register

Email with this information:

  • First and last name of person(s) attending, phone number and contact email
  • City and state
  • Preferred language
  • Preferred date (see dates above)

We need all this information to register you for the class.

You may also ask your Seattle Children’s provider to register you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get legal advice for my child’s specific situation?

No legal advice will be given. Our lawyers can answer general questions but are NOT able to:

  • Offer specific legal advice
  • Help families apply for guardianship
  • Complete court paperwork

The class covers general information about legal rights and processes. There will be time for questions.

Can I get help filing for guardianship?

This class does NOT provide referrals for free or low-cost legal help filing guardianship cases. Very few resources are available for this type of help. In a few Washington counties, volunteer attorney programs provide limited assistance to low-income families.

Do I need a computer to take the virtual class?

It helps to have access to a computer or smartphone to be able to see the presenters and materials. If need be, you can call into the Zoom meeting by phone.

We need an email or physical address to send the class invite and materials.

How much does it cost?

The class is free.

Can I watch a recording of a previous class?

Yes! We encourage you to attend a live virtual class so you can ask the attorneys questions. If that is not possible, you can watch the recording of our March 2022 class (English, Spanish, Vietnamese).


Questions? Call 206-987-5942.