AREAS OF PRACTICE
Guardianship for Adults:
Guardianship is a legal process where a court appoints a guardian for a person who is unable to make their own decisions for personal or financial management, or both. Guardianship can be inevitable when there is no other lesser restrictive alternative, such as a power of attorney in place, or upon attainment of majority of a young person who is not able to sign a Power of Attorney. It can also be an effective option for a person who is unable to manage their own care or finances, who may be a victim of exploitation. Once a Guardian is appointed, which typically takes a minimum of 60 days, the court will continue to monitor the guardian, ensuring protection for the incapacitated person. The process of appointing a guardian can be simple but can also be complex, especially if it is contested. Our team will assist the Guardian with all aspects of guardianship, from deciding whether guardianship is necessary to the court appointment process to ongoing representation once appointed.
Guardianship for Minor children:
Guardianship of a minor is a legal process where a court appoints a guardian for a child under the age of 18. A minor may need a guardian of the person when the minor has no living parents. A minor may need a guardian of the estate when he or she has received, or is about to receive, significant money or property from a settlement or inheritance. We assist with all aspects of guardianship for a minor, from deciding whether guardianship is necessary to the court appointment process to ongoing representation of a guardian.
Carol Hunter is on the Spokane County Superior Court Guardian ad Litem Registry and serves as Guardian ad Litem and Independent Counsel in guardianship matters, on a Court appointed basis.