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TEMPORARY (EMERGENCY) GUARDIANSHIP

Pursuant to NRS 159.0523 and/or 159.0525, a petitioner may request that the Court appoint the Washoe County Public Guardian's Office as Temporary Guardian for the proposed ward or a referral for temporary guardianship may be made directly to the Washoe County Public Guardian.  The procedures for referral and assessments in permanent guardianships apply to temporary guardianships on an expedited basis.  In addition to the finding and conclusions normally required for a permanent guardianship, the Public Guardian or the Public Guardian's designee must also determine:

  Whether the proposed ward faces a substantial and immediate risk of physical harm, needs immediate medical attention, and/or faces a substantial and immediate risk of financial loss -

  Whether the proposed ward lacks capacity to respond to the risk of loss or harm or to obtain the necessary medical attention, and -

  Whether reasonable efforts have been made to secure a certificate signed by a physician licensed to practice in Nevada which states the proposed ward is unable to respond to a substantial and immediate risk of physical harm, to a need of immediate medical attention, and/or risk of financial harm.

If the Public Guardian's designee is unable to secure a medical certificate, the Public Guardian's designee will execute an affidavit stating why the medical affidavit is not immediately available.

GENERAL (PLENARY) GUARDIANSHIP

Pursuant to NRS 159.054, a Court may appoint the Washoe County Public Guardian's Office as General Guardian upon a determination that the Proposed Ward required the appointment of a General Guardian.  Upon appointment as General Guardian, the Public Guardian or the Public Guardian's designee should determine the facts and circumstances warranting the appointment of a General Guardian and ensure the least restrictive alternatives are considered when performing assessments, preparing care plans, and reports on the condition of the ward.

SPECIAL (LIMITED) GUARDIANSHIP

Pursuant to NRS 159.054, a Court may appoint the Washoe County Public Guardian's Office as Special Guardian upon a determination that the Proposed Ward possesses limited capacity.  Upon appointment as Special Guardian, the Public Guardian or the Public Guardian's designee should determine the special circumstances warranting the appointment of a Special Guardian and ensure the special circumstances are considered when performing assessments, preparing care plans, and reports on the condition of the ward, ensuring the supervision exercised is least restrictive of the ward's personal freedom consistent with the need for supervision and protection.

NOTE: It is the policy of the Public Guardian's office to exert only as much control over a case as is necessary given the circumstances, regardless of the type of legal relationship.

TERMINATION OF GUARDIANSHIP

It is the philosophy of the Public Guardian's office to regularly monitor and evaluate the continuing necessity and appropriateness of the guardianship.  If a guardian is no longer appropriate, the guardian will assist in gathering the evidence necessary to petition the Court for discharge.