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Do I have to go to court?

  • When you file your Petition, the court will set a court hearing date that should happen within 5 to 15 days.
  • The person who filed the Petition must go to the next hearing. If the vulnerable elder or substitute petitioner does not appear, the court could cancel the Temporary Protective Order.
  • The vulnerable elder will need to be at the hearing, unless the court says the elder does not have to appear. If the vulnerable elder is not able to be in court, it is very important for you to tell the court about this before the hearing.

Note: If you need help going to court, see “What if I do not understand how to do this?”

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