Seattle Guardianship Lawyer
Providing Sound Counsel in Situations Where a Guardianship May Be Necessary
A serious accident, chronic illness or dementia might make it impossible
for a person to take care of his or her own personal security or financial
affairs. Guardianship is the most common legal response, but it is an
intrusive solution that might be resisted by the person most directly
involved or by other family members.
There are two kinds of guardianship: guardianship of the person and guardianship
of the estate. A guardian is a person appointed by the court to supervise
an incapacitated person's physical care ("the person") or
financial affairs ("the estate"). In either situation, the court
asked to appoint a guardian will usually consider less restrictive alternatives,
such as a trust or power of attorney.
In some situations, an individual may not require a guardianship but may
need the benefits of a
vulnerable adult protection order. In other cases, an individual may need both a guardian
to be appointed as well as the benefits provided by a protection order.
Our experience with guardianship proceedings and the problems that families
can encounter in considering a guardianship can help you understand the
pros and cons of seeking this remedy. Our firm usually advises and represents
the families of people whose ability to care for themselves is in substantial
doubt, but we are also able to represent people who want to resist the
appointment of a guardian, including the allegedly incapacitated person.
We also advise and represent guardians with regard to the scope of their
responsibilities, their periodic reporting duties, and matters related
to any proposed termination of the guardianship or substitution of the guardian.
Is Guardianship Right for Your Loved One?
Guardianship is best viewed as a last resort to assure the physical and
financial security of a loved one who can no longer manage his or her
own affairs. To discuss your situation with an attorney who has more than
20 years of legal experience, contact us at Ridgway Law Group, P.S. in Seattle.