I recently attended an emergency guardianship hearing for a client I met several weeks ago. The attorney representing the gentleman showed up 10 minutes before the hearing NEVER having met the man before. There were many complicated issues with this case and it was important that this man be moved from his home to a care community where he would receive care and remain safe. The client’s attorney, unfamiliar with dementia, argued that the gentleman should remain living at home until the permanent hearing 60 days from now. As guardian my hands are tied. I cannot make sure that my ward; this gentleman does not wander the streets, cares for his dog who he believes is overweight so he withholds food etc. The neighbors call me on a daily basis with concerns. This is the case of an attorney who didn’t care enough to take time to get to know his client, yet who argued for his client’s wishes resulting in neglect, what a shame for all parties involved.