Bellevue Guardianship Lawyer
When an individual is unable to care for him or herself or is under the legal age (18 years old in Washington), it may be necessary to appoint a guardian for that person. Joseph L. Hammer has helped individuals and families establish and manage guardianships.
Seattle Estate Planning Attorney
An estate plan should make provision for guardianships since there are some things that only a guardian has authority to do for the benefit of the incapacitated person. One of the key components of a Last Will and Testament for an individual with minor children is the designation of guardians for the minor children. In the State of Washington, the nomination of a testamentary guardian for a minor child is binding on the court if the nominated guardian accepts the appointment and otherwise satisfies the statutory qualifications (is 18 years of age or older and has not been convicted of a felony or any crime of moral turpitude).
Guardianships are generally designated as either "full" or "limited". These designations recognize that individuals can be incapacitated as to some things, but not others or they may be completely unable to care for their needs or property.
Mr. Hammer works to ensure that guardianships are established correctly. Mr. Hammer also assists guardians in preparing period accountings to the court.
Contact Joseph L. Hammer, Attorney At Law
Bellevue guardianship attorney Mr. Joseph L. Hammer understands the challenges that families face, and works to establish guardianships in a way that minimizes the prospect of future disputes and problems. Contact Joseph L. Hammer, Attorney At Law, at (425) 336-2459.