Guardianship Law, Concepts & Practice

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Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Guardianship.

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About this Course


This course provides an introduction to guardianship.

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • List the statutory duties of a guardian of person and estate, and identify the limitations on guardians in Washington State
  • Describe how potentially incapacitated persons are identified and become involved in the guardianship legal process and understand the alternatives to guardianship
  • Discuss the historical and legal context of the guardian-client relationship, including fiduciary duty
  • Discuss how the decision standards (substituted judgment and best interests) and concept of residual capacity function as protections for the rights of incapacitated persons
  • Identify the multiple institutions and stakeholders encountered during guardianship practice and discuss how they create both challenges and opportunities in daily practice
  • Identify and use basic concepts that apply to the tasks of guardianship practice
  • Identify challenges in communication with incapacitated persons and strategies for ascertaining information, focusing on skills of listening and observation
  • Enumerate the steps of an ethical decision-making process, including strategies for ethical analysis, and understand its application

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Guardianship.