Legal guardianship is an important tool for ensuring your loved ones receive the care you want them to receive – for your peace of mind as well as for their own. Guardianship plans can be established for minor children as well as adult children with special needs, and it can also play a vital role in elder care.
The process of establishing and enforcing guardianships varies considerably depending on the type of guardianship and other factors. No matter what type of guardianship you’re interested in, it’s important to work with an experienced lawyer to ensure the guardianship reflects the best interests of your loved one as well as your own wishes. To learn more about guardianships and how they can help you and your loved ones, contact us today.
Guardianships assign one individual (or two, if they are a married couple) with the legal responsibility to make decisions for another individual. There are two different types of guardianships:
Guardianship of the Person – responsible for decisions regarding day-to-day living arrangements, health care, education, and other matters related to the comfort and well-being of the Proposed Ward.
Guardianship of the Estate – responsible for financial decisions over the Proposed Ward’s income and assets. NOTE: A Guardianship of the Estate is not needed if the Proposed Ward’s only source of income is Social Security.
Guardianship of the Person and Estate – responsible for the personal, medical, and financial decisions of the Proposed Ward.
A completed Physician’s Certificate of Medical Examination must be performed within 120 days of when the guardianship application is filed with the court.