Guardianships allow family members to take over a loved one’s legal rights to protect their best interests. However, establishing a guardianship can be a challenging process. For instance, family members may disagree about who should serve as someone’s guardian or the person for whom the guardian is sought may object to the Petition.
If you are interested in obtaining guardianship over a loved one, you might benefit from consulting with a family law attorney. An experienced Kitsap guardianship lawyer could file the required documents on your behalf so you can focus on taking care of your family.
Serving as a guardian is a significant responsibility to provide ongoing support for an individual who is unable to care for themselves. Circumstances involving a minor, a developmentally disabled adult, or an incapacitated elder may warrant legal guardianship.
A guardian can have legal authority over a person’s estate and legal interests. For example, a guardian can decide how to spend a protected person’s money or to sell their home.
A guardianship for an adult and child look different. A minor child whose parents are unable to care for them may need a guardianship so that the adults caring for them can still have access to taking the child to the doctor and signing them up for school.
A guardianship for an adult may be needed because the adult is incapacitated due to mental or physical concerns.
A local attorney could ensure that the court grants a potential guardian the authority they need to adequately care for their loved one. We could also assist with filing annual reports with the court that detail a protected person’s assets, personal care plan, and expenses.
A prospective guardian must file a petition asking to be appointed as the Guardian. Before a judge can award any legal authority, though, the person alleged to need a guardian must be given notice of the petition for guardianship. Additionally, the court must designate a guardian ad litem to investigate the case and make recommendations to the Court regarding the guardianship.
After these steps are complete, a Superior Court judge will either grant or deny the petition for guardianship. A dedicated Kitsap attorney could help ensure that the entire guardianship process complies with the procedural guidelines outlined in Revised Code of Washington §11.88.
Legal guardianship could help ensure that a child whose parents are unable to care for them or an adult who is unable to make personal or financial decisions for themselves receives continuous care. An attorney from our firm could help a family navigate the complex process of establishing guardianship.
A qualified Kitsap guardianship lawyer could file a petition on your behalf and answer any questions you may have. Call our firm today to speak to a dedicated attorney about your legal options.
Jeniece LaCross, Attorney At Law