Friday, December 02, 2005

Case of the Week: 11/18/05

County: Hardy
Age: 76

This client is the legal guardian for her adult mentally disabled daughter. A doctor recommended sterilization for the daughter; however, declined to perform it without prior court authorization. My client felt that as a guardian she should be able to make this decision on her daughter's behalf. After researching the West Virginia Guardianship and Conservator Act I explained that some actions, like terminating parental rights, require prior court authorization. It is possible that since the procedure will render her daughter childless, prior court authorization is required. I also provided her with a copy of the relevant statute.


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