Using Guardianship To Protect A Loved One
If an individual has become incapacitated to the point they are in danger of harm or unable to manage their own care, it may be necessary for the family to intervene.
Maureen L. Anderson is a certified elder law attorney who is well-versed in guardianship law. She helps individuals and families petition the court for guardianship for the protection and supervision of a loved one. Her practice includes related matters such as planning for long-term care for an aging family member or creating special needs trusts for a family member with disabilities.
When Is Guardianship Needed?
Guardianship may be necessary when an individual:
- Becomes mentally or physically incapacitated due to dementia, disabilities, illness or injury
- Does not have a power of attorney in place
- Lacks the mental capacity to name an agent under power of attorney
Without a guardian, that person may be vulnerable to financial scams and other elder abuse, or they may pose a danger to their own health and safety. If appointed, the guardian is responsible for managing the financial affairs and personal care decisions of the incapacitated person, including decisions about assisted or skilled nursing care.
Get Knowledgeable Help With Guardianship Law
In addition to guiding families through guardianship proceedings, Ms. Anderson can review existing guardianships to make sure they are up to date and in accordance with current laws. She can also make sure that guardianship is accounted for in wills and estate planning, including nominating guardians for minor children.