Guardianships present families with unique and difficult problems. Perhaps there has been an injury, or a loved one is in declining health – for whatever reason it can become vital that important decisions affecting medical care and finances be made and be made by someone who is better able to decide these things than the disabled loved one. We walk this difficult path with you to help select the appropriate person to protect and guard the disabled or impaired loved one. The process can be somewhat direct and straightforward provided the disabled loved one and all family are in agreement. The process is more difficult and eventful if the disabled loved one and/or other family members are in disagreement. Either way, we have the experience and skills to provide legal guidance and thoughtful support throughout.
When choosing a guardian for your minor children, it is appropriate to select someone who will raise your children according to your parental philosophies. You should be aware that sometimes the court may reject a nominated guardian whom the court finds is unwilling or unable to care for your child. We suggest that you name an alternate guardian who can step into the role if your primary guardian choice is unavailable or rejected by the court. Our attorneys also recommend that you thoroughly discuss your decision with your chosen guardian(s) to make sure the guardian is willing and prepared to accept the full responsibility of caring for your child as you wish.
The Guardianship Process Can Include:
- Minor Compromises
- Guardianship of Estate and/or Guardianship of Person (Temporary or Permanent)
- Powers of Attorney can sometimes be used instead of Guardianship
- Nomination of a Guardian for you in the event of your own disability, your minor child, or your disabled child