Serving North King and South Snohomish, counties and the surrounding communities
What is a guardian? A guardian is someone who has been appointed by a court to manage the affairs of a person who has been deemed incapacitated. A court may deem someone incapacitated if he or she is under the age of eighteen or has demonstrated an inability to either (1) adequately manage property or financial affairs, or (2) adequately provide for nutrition, health, housing, or physical safety. (See RCW 11.88.010.) The guardian may manage financial affairs only or a different area of someone’s life, like healthcare decisions.
Any interested party may ask the Superior Court to appoint a guardian and does so by filing a petition. Petitioning parties do not need to act as guardian themselves and may ask that someone else be appointed. If the court decides that a guardianship is appropriate it will enter an order.
Ivy Law Group has helped clients obtain guardianships for minor children, elderly adults, and mentally disabled adults. It can be extremely difficult to watch a loved one lose the ability to make decisions for him or herself or to worry about the fate of a child. We are here to help concerned individuals be proactive and ensure that their loved ones are taken care of and protected through the assistance of a guardian.
The link below explains more about guardianships in general. If you have specific questions or would like to set up a consultation, give us a call.