January 01, 2014

Preventing Abuse and Exploitation: A Personal Shift in Focus

Margaret K. Dore

I graduated from law school in 1986. I first worked for the courts and then for the U.S. Department of Justice. After that, I worked for other lawyers, and then, in 1994, I officially started my own practice in Washington State. Like many lawyers with a new practice, I signed up for court-appointed work in the guardianship/probate context. This was mostly guardian ad litem work. Once in a while, I was appointed as an attorney for a proposed ward, termed an “alleged incapacitated person.” In other states, a guardianship might be called a “conservatorship” or an “interdiction.” A guardian ad litem might be called a “court visitor.”

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