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A member of your family may benefit from guardianship protection

Have you taken all necessary steps to protect your loved ones? In addition to health care, physical safety and other considerations, you must also consider the legal steps necessary to protect their long-term financial well-being. There are several ways to do this, including through the establishment of guardianships.

There are multiple situations in which an individual could benefit from guardianship protection. From health care decisions to financial protection, legal guardians bear a significant responsibility. You should make these decisions only after careful consideration and with the help of an experienced family law attorney.

The types of guardianships available for adults and children

Guardianship is granted either over an estate or an individual. When a guardian is appointed over an estate, it is with the intention of appropriately managing its money and assets. When a guardian is appointed over a person, a caregiver is granted the authority to make important decisions on that person's behalf.

If you wish to be a guardian of a minor child for any reason, some or all of the following circumstances must be present:

The child has no living parents.

  • The child only has one living parent who cannot care for the child.
  • One or both parents are in prison, missing or otherwise absent.
  • The child has a mental or physical incapacitation that requires special care.

Guardianship of an adult is granted only if that person is incapacitated and unable to make decisions regarding health care or finances. Common reasons that a guardian is named over another adult would be if that person has the following conditions:

  • Alzheimer's or other similar diseases
  • Mental disability or developmental issues
  • Down syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury

Every case is decided based on the unique factors present in the individual situation.

Protecting the best interests of your loved ones

If you believe that establishing a guardianship is in the best interests of a loved one, it is beneficial to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney. There are complex financial and medical issues associated with these cases, and you need an honest, experienced legal ally to help you make important legal decisions for the protection of your loved ones.

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