Guiding family members caring for incapacitated loved ones in the Vancouver area
Injury, illness, or simply age can render an adult unable to make rational decisions for themselves, either temporarily or permanently. If someone in your family becomes mentally incapacitated, it is generally in their best interests for you to ensure that their health and physical needs are adequately met, as well as their financial and legal affairs properly managed. Failing to take action can often lead to physical self-neglect as well as deterioration of the adult’s financial situation as a result of their vulnerability to fraud. This can not only affect the adult, but also any beneficiaries who would stand to inherit from their estate. For these reasons and more, it may be best to seek a court order for the one or more of the following:
- Committee of the person
- Committee of the estate
- Statutory property guardian
It is important to consult with an experienced mental incapacity lawyer at the law firm of McLarty Wolf to find out how to best proceed in your particular situation.
Disputes may arise during the legal process
Even if you believe that your loved one is incapacitated, others may disagree and may mount challenges to your request. Challengers can include other members of your family or even the individual who argues they are still capable of making adequate decisions. Disputes can also arise over the person chosen to be committee or if a committee engages in any type of misconduct or does not appropriately handle the adult’s affairs.
Call our Vancouver estate litigation law firm for assistance with your incapacity case
The process of having a loved one declared incapacitated is not easy in a legal or an emotional sense. At McLarty Wolf, we understand the difficult situation you are facing and work to resolve any disputes and make the process go as smoothly as possible so that you can achieve what is right for your loved one. If you need legal assistance or simply want to learn more about the incapacity process, please call today our office today at 604-688-9542 for a no obligation consultation.