A guardian is someone who is appointed by a court to manage the affairs of a person who has been deemed incapacitated. A court may deem a person 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 be appointed to manage financial affairs only or to manage 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 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.