A protective order is an alternative to guardianship that works well when court intervention is needed for a one-time only unusual situation dealing with money or property. For example, you were hurt in an accident. As a result, you are receiving a payment from an insurance company. The company may want you to have a guardian to receive the payment and to sign the release of liability. A protective order can be used for the same purposes without having to get a guardian. You can ask the court for a protective order or someone else can ask on your behalf to give authority to another individual to receive the payment and sign the release of liability.
If the court issues a protective order for a particular situation, it does not mean that you are “legally incapacitated” or unable to manage your finances. It simply means that you need protection and help regarding this one situation.
A knowledgeable attorney or advocate can help you petition the court for a protective order.
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