Adult Guardianship & Vulnerable Adults
Horne Coupar’s lawyers have expertise in this very complex area of law, and assist family members who may require an advocate, or those caring for an individual with vulnerabilities. We often work closely with the office of the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia in resolving issues or disputes, and our lawyers are frequently retained by the Public Guardian and Trustee in both BC and Alberta.
When adults have diminished capacity, they may be vulnerable to others seeking to take advantage of them. This may arise in situations where the adult has granted a power of attorney to someone who fails to properly manage the adult’s financial affairs. Sometimes, there can be mental or physical elder abuse in addition to financial abuse.
We can assist with resolving these situations, whether it be contested or uncontested adult guardianship appointments (“committee applications”), dealing with abuses of power of attorney appointments or preventing mental or physical abuse.