Guardianship may be a last resort when a loved one is no longer able to take care of their financial and/or personal needs. It may be an option by the fact that the person is under the age of 18 or lacks the capacity to protect their finances or medical needs.
Come to our office for a consultation so that we can analyze whether opening a guardianship is right for you and your loved one, or whether there may be a better and more cost effective option such as obtaining a power of attorney.
Different Levels of Guardianships
There are different levels of guardianships. Some pertain to those with certain disabilities, age of minority, or some may instituted due to a lack of capacity. In any event a guardianship can be limited in areas that best fit the ward’s needs. For instance a ward may be capable of taking care of their personal needs (health, etc.), but may not be able to take care and handle their financial affairs. Guardianships are instituted to protect the ward, and are regulated by the court – even after a guardian has been appointed. Perhaps the ward is an elderly person who is just to stubborn to seek the help that he/she needs. Or perhaps they are a victim of exploitation.
Our law firm is familiar with these matters and will be happy to review you and your loved one’s case.