There are many misconceptions about guardianships. At the Whipple Law Group, we are dedicated to helping our clients understand the complexities of guardianships and whether such an action is appropriate for their set of circumstances.
Guardians should strive always to protect the rights and liberties of the person they are working with. Independence, growth and self-reliance is promoted while providing for the protection and safety of the individual.
Spokane Legal Certified Professional Guardianship
- Guardianship is a way to protect people who need help making decisions
- There are different varieties of Spokane guardianship, and a third party determines which one is most appropriate for a given situation
- Michael D. Whipple is a certified, professional legal guardian, and is well versed in guardianship duties
- At the Whipple Law Group, we will take the time to fully discuss whether guardianship is necessary or possible in your situation
- We can also provide legal representation for persons acting as a lay guardian
Understanding the Complexities of Legal Guardianships
What follows are a series of common questions relative to Spokane legal guardianships, according to the law. For specifics regarding your situation, please contact our law office and find out more about guardianships and how they apply to your family.
Guardianship: What is it?
Guardianship is the legal process used to protect people that are in need of substantial assistance in terms of decision making. Obtaining guardianship over a person is a significant legal step and never to be considered lightly.
Is Power of Attorney the same as Spokane Legal Guardianship?
Guardianship is much different from having power of attorney for someone. When you hold power of attorney for someone, you share decision making power with that individual. Spokane Guardianship occurs when someone has significant diminished capacity to make decisions for themselves and requires legal intervention for their own protection.
At the Whipple Law Group we understand the profound effect that Spokane guardianship activities have on the individual and their loved ones.
Who Needs a Guardian?
Guardianships are used to help protect people that have lost or no longer have the ability to make appropriate personal or financial decisions for themselves. These may include those with chronic mental or emotional disabilities that an individual may have been born with or occurred as a result of an accident or disease.
Are all Spokane Legal Guardianships the same?
All Spokane guardianships are not the same. In determining legal guardianship, the court relies on third party investigations to determine the needs of the individual. The goal under guardianships is to provide for the needs of the individual based on the capabilities of the person requiring Spokane guardianship. Guardianships can be limited or full and applied to the estate (asset decision making), personal care, or a combination of each.
Are all Guardians the same?
Guardians are designated as either “Lay Guardians” or ”Professional Guardians”.
Lay Guardians –
Lay guardians, as the name implies, are generally non-professionals (e.g. family member, friend, etc.) who have accepted the legal responsibility to acts as a guardian for a person legally deemed unable to take care of themselves (incapacitated person).
Professional Guardians –
Certified Professional Guardians (CPG) are individuals who have received college level guardianship instruction and training and are certified by the State of Washington to provide guardianship services. CPGs are required to receive ongoing, accredited training and education to maintain certification.
All guardians in Washington are subject to strict legal requirement to perform their duties in compliance with the legal rules and statutes governing guardianship.
Attorney for the Lay Guardian
Guardians are required to fully comply with a myriad of laws in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities. Guardians are directly accountable to the Court for their actions. The Whipple Law Group is fully prepared to provide legal representation and advice to family members acting as lay guardians.
We will advise you with regard to obtaining required training, assist you in writing and filing legal documents and avoiding common mistakes. We know you are committed to doing the best job possible- that is why you took the position to begin with. We would like you to support you in making this possible.
We Offer a Comprehensive Line of Spokane Guardianship Services
At the Whipple Law Group we provide a range of services related to legal guardianships.
Certified Professional Guardian (CPG) –
The Whipple Law Group’s founding attorney, Michael D. Whipple, has received certification as a professional guardian from the State of Washington. As a certified professional guardian, he is well versed in guardianship duties, responsibilities, and requirements under Washington law. As a person, Mr. Whipple brings a singular commitment and empathy to the provision of Guardianship services. He is experienced in the development of least restrictive personal care plans, customized to the needs of individual incapacitated persons, and performs his fiduciary obligations with care and discernment.
Spokane Guardianship Counseling –
At the Whipple Law Group, we understand that concepts and rules related to Guardianship can be difficult to interpret. Further, we know that the consideration of requesting Spokane Guardianship over a loved one can be emotionally challenging.
We find that is often extremely helpful to just be able to sit down and discuss these issues with a knowledgeable person. WLG is available to discuss the legal ramifications and responsibilities of legal guardianship. We present a matter-of-fact, informational approach to the process then work with you to apply it to your individual situation.
Listed below are some of the types of questions we may be able to help you and your family work through and resolve:
- Is guardianship necessary?
- Is it the best approach?
- How can we determine whether it should be full or limited?
- If I choose to be the guardian, what do I have to do? How much does it cost?
- What if our family member is sick?
- What if they do not want assistance?
- What can we do?
- Is guardianship reversible?
Call us to begin this vital discussion.