Who can file for a vulnerable adult protection order?
You can file the order yourself if you are a vulnerable adult. You can also file on behalf of a vulnerable adult if you are:
- the vulnerable adult’s guardian or legal fiduciary; or
- an “interested person.”1
The Department of Social and Health Services may also file for an order on behalf of a vulnerable adult.2
1 R.C.W. § 74.34.110(1)
2 R.C.W. § 74.34.150
What is the legal definition of an interested person?
You can file on behalf of a vulnerable adult if you are “an interested person.” An interested person is a person who shows the judge that:
- s/he is interested in the welfare of the vulnerable adult;
- s/he has a good faith belief that the court’s intervention is necessary; and
- the vulnerable adult is unable, due to incapacity, undue influence, or duress at the time the petition is filed, to protect his/her own interests.1
1 R.C.W. § 74.34.020(12)
What are the steps to get a vulnerable adult protection order?
The steps for getting a vulnerable adult protection order are similar to the steps involved with obtaining a domestic violence order for protection. The instructions may be similar to the order for protection petition, but you will fill out a different set of forms.