Sometimes it becomes necessary to have a guardian appointed for a loved one who needs additional care and protection, whether your or your loved one is disabled or suffering from the effects of aging, such as alzheimers, dementia or other mental incapacity.
Guardianship versus Powers of Attorney
In many cases, a Power of Attorney can allow a trusted relative or friend to handle the disabled person’s affairs. However, there have been significant new laws passed in the past decade to curtail the abuse of such powers of attorney. Powers of Attorney are wonderful where everyone is honest. Most often, children are distrustful of their siblings handling the parents’ affairs without oversight. That is where Guardianship comes in.
Guardians are appointed by the court
The guardian will be responsible for the health and well-being of either yourself or the incapacitated person, henceforth known as the ward. The guardian will consider the ward’s wishes, make sure that he or she is living in a proper environment and is receiving the proper medical care, social opportunities and appropriate nutrition.
Each year, the guardian will account for his or her financial decisions and actions to show the court that their ward is being properly cared for and that the guardian has the ward’s best interests at heart.
Assistance for all aspects of guardianship
- Guardians to meet the needs of a minor child
- Guardians to protect an elderly or disabled family member
- Initial appointment of a guardian
- Annual reporting and accounting
- Guardians who have abused their authority
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Ensure your loved one has someone trustworthy looking out for their best interests at all times through guardianship. Let’s talk today.