A guardianship, also called a conservatorship, is a legal relationship created to care for minor children or incompetent adults. This legal relationship is created by court order. Guardians must not benefit at the expense of their ward, which is the minor child or incapacitated adult in their care. Guardians are required to produce periodic accounting of the ward's affairs for the court.
Guardianships of minor children
In Washington, a guardianship for a minor child is often established to safeguard a child's inheritance. This type of guardianship is not a substitute for a non-parental custody action.
Guardianships of incapacitated adults
Guardianships for disabled adults protect the ward physically and financially. A central goal of this type of guardianship is to maximize the disabled person's self-reliance and quality of life. Adults need not be completely incapacitated to qualify for, and benefit from, a guardianship. Guardians can be granted the limited powers neccesary to assist the ward in living as independently, safely, and happily as possible.
With these nuanced dynamics in mind, Tuohy Minor Kruse attorneys craft guardianship documents best suited to each individual situation. Over time as the ward's situation changes, you can modify the terms of the guardianship during a periodic review.