What is a Guardianship?
Guardianship is a legal process designed to protect and execute the rights of a person who is incapacitated and can no longer make their own decisions. Guardianship might be applicable if a person has not planned in advance for incapacity. Guardianships might also be appropriate when there is conflict about decisions being made by the caregivers or agents under a Financial or Health Care Power of Attorney.
Life Point Law Guides You Through the Process
Your attorneys will advise you of your responsibilities related to the health care, property management, and fiduciary decision-making on your ward’s behalf. We also provide counsel on the ward’s behalf to make certain their best interests are being protected by their guardian, and the ward is able to maintain their dignity and independence to the greatest extent possible.
Protection for Vulnerable Adults
Under Washington law, vulnerable adults such as elders and disabled individuals are able to seek a protection order just as domestic violence or family abuse victims are. Washington law does not require an individual to be completely incapacitated or disabled in order to qualify for vulnerable adult protection orders.
The law states that valid claims can be made for anyone who is under residential or home care, those with developmental disabilities, and those for whom a guardian could be appointed. A vulnerable adult protection order can be utilized in order to protect an individual from abandonment, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, exploitation (including financial), neglect, and even protection from threats of these which are made to try and influence the decisions of the individual.
Life Point Law’s team of experienced and skilled attorneys can offer a number of services including aid in acquiring a vulnerable adult protection order, advice on powers of attorney in order to protect the individual from financial exploitation, litigation to recover assets which were taken through exploitation, and more.