June 11, 2013
Authored by: Luke Lantta
Few appellate opinions give us a window into contested guardianship proceedings. Fewer still give us insight into what it takes to obtain an emergency guardianship. In In the Interest of Farr, the Georgia Court of Appeals let us know that the “emergency” needed for an emergency guardianship needs to be an actual emergency.
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah wanted an emergency guardian for one of its patients, Claudine Tapley Farr. The hospital wanted an emergency guardian appointed to facilitate the patient’s discharge from the hospital. That wasn’t an emergency.