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Protecting The Vulnerable With Guardianships

Appointing a guardian becomes necessary when another adult is incapable of caring for their own personal or financial needs and poses a potential threat to their safety and survival. That said, guardianship is not permanent and can be revoked if and when the subject can prove they no longer need assistance.

If you are considering guardianship over a vulnerable adult in your family, we at Rehmke Andreve, PS, can help. Our team of elder law attorneys is one of the most experienced in the state, with nearly 60 years of combined experience representing clients in guardianship actions. Seeking guardianship is a highly personal and sensitive action. We will guide you through the process with respect and work to minimize conflict and reach a result that protects your loved one.

Determining Incompetence In Tacoma

In Washington state, there are very specific laws regarding the determination of incompetence, but the goal is always to protect the vulnerable from themselves or from caregivers who may have bad intentions. A person may be assigned a guardian for reasons of prolonged or excessive drunkenness or drug use, mental deficiency, physical incapacity or temporary disability.

A guardian’s job is to make sure that the victim is not being taken advantage of physically or financially. The process to appoint a guardian takes about 60 days.

What If A Relative Cannot Serve As A Guardian?

Often, the need for a legally appointed guardian arises in the care of elderly clients with no family members to help them. This is a very delicate process and involves a significant degree of trust in choosing a guardian who will always have the best interest of the client in mind. There are professional guardians that can be appointed if a family member is not available.

Our firm has extensive experience in handling guardianships, from the initial paperwork to the start of the guardianship to the court hearing to appoint the guardian. Our firm has over 20 years of experience in handling guardianship matters.

Find Out How Our Guardianship Attorneys Can Help

If you are worried about an adult in your life, call 253-642-4541 to schedule a legal consultation about guardianships at our Fircrest office. One of our lawyers will go over your situation and discuss potential next steps.

You can also reach Rehmke Andreve, PS, via email if you prefer.