Navigating The Guardianship Of An Elderly Or Disabled Person
If a loved one you know is either elderly or disabled, you may be considering seeking guardianship over them, to help them manage their lives. Guardianship is a useful tool to help a person provide the care their loved one needs. While guardianship is often used through good intentions, that does not mean it is always a simple process to obtain.
Here at Robert S. Thomas, Attorney at Law, we can help you find your way through the challenging process that gaining guardianship can involve. It is not enough just to fill out some paperwork to gain guardianship, you will also need to prove that the person you are looking to have guardianship over needs it. That can be a whole different challenge entirely.
What You Need To Do To Get Guardianship
Just because a person has a mental disability does not automatically dictate a need for guardianship. When determining the need for a guardianship of an individual, officials perform tests which focus on decisional capacity; which is, the ability of the person to make decisions and to properly communicate decisions once made. If the alleged disabled person is unable to provide sound and reasonable answers that would indicate that a person may be in need of some guardianship services.
Before starting a court proceeding for the guardianship of another person, the one who wishes to be the guardian of another (referred to as a “ward”) must prove to the court that a guardianship would be in the best interests of the ward. Building a report requires a lot of legwork, but an experienced attorney can help guide you through the process in good time.
How We Can Help You
There is a lot that we can help you account for in any aspect of guardianships. Our experience can be just what you need to tip the scales in your favor in estate planning areas including:
- Attorney representation and other protections
- Guardian ad litem
- Preparing documents for court
- Court procedures
- Temporary guardianship in case of emergency
- Protective purposes of a guardianship
- Alternatives to guardianship
- How to qualify as a guardian
Do Not Wait To Begin Seeking Guardianship
If you are looking to gain guardianship over a loved one, or if you are just trying to weigh your options, let us help you determine your best possible course of action. Schedule an initial consultation by emailing us or by calling us at 847-868-3428 today.