Authorized Legal Representative

Help your loved ones take care of themselves

Bound by law and love

If you’re an Authorized Legal Representative (ALR), you know that it takes resources to take care of simple things, every day.

Opening an ABLE account for a child, or someone you care for, empowers them to become more financially independent, more confident, and more secure about their future.

The Washington State ABLE Savings Plan was created as an empowerment tool for people to save, invest, and open a world of opportunities. It’s for the things they require today and the things they may need or want in the future. Whether it’s a home of their own, additional care, training for a first job, or retirement, an ABLE account can help support their goals.

An ALR is anyone who is selected by the eligible beneficiary with legal capacity, anyone who has Power of Attorney, a conservator or legal guardian, a spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent, or a representative payee (individual or organization), in that order of priority.

Are you an ALR?

An Authorized Legal Representative is someone who is legally authorized under state and federal law to make decisions for the beneficiary. You’re an ALR if:

  • You have been selected by the eligible ABLE beneficiary with legal capacity to act as ALR

  • You can attest that you have Power of Attorney, or are the Legal Guardian or Conservator for the beneficiary

  • You’re the spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent of a beneficiary 

  • You’re a representative payee (individual or organization)

If you don’t currently have Power of Attorney for a beneficiary, you can use this Power of Attorney Form or find more about Guardianship in the state of Washington here.