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December 3, 2020

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)