McCreary Law Office approaches guardianship issues for the elderly or disabled by working to prevent the need for guardianship proceedings. By completing your ancillary planning thoroughly and carefully, it is unlikely the expensive and time-consuming process of guardianship will be needed. This means carefully reviewing the powers granted in a Durable Power of Attorney and a Health Care Surrogate Designation / Medical Power of Attorney. As an added safety measure, you can also designate whom you want as a guardian if that need ever does arise.
Often, the most important part of my job is ensuring that the best interests of each person are adequately protected in a thoughtful, legally sound manner. And when concerns arise, it is important to discuss these issues together in a sensitive way. Taking the time to consider the potential challenges of health care directives, finances, and the daily activities of those dear to you can prevent worry and time-consuming issues later on when the process might have a greater impact on your loved ones.
Unplanned for Incapacity: When Planning Isn’t Done in Advance
Caring for aging parents and elderly relatives is a significant responsibility that increases over time. If a loved one is unable to make important decisions and that person did not plan in advance, a guardian (referred to in other states as a conservator) can step in to ensure that matters are handled in a responsible and considerate manner. A decline in mental ability is often the reason why family members seek guardianship. But this comes with extra costs, court appearances, and reporting requirements. McCreary Law Office works with a number of attorneys who can assist clients through this process.
Guardian Advocacy for Adult Special Needs Children
In Florida, McCreary Law Office can also help parents obtain Guardian Advocate status for their child with special needs. In most cases when a child has had disabilities since birth, when the child turns 18, this Guardian Advocacy status allows you to continue helping your child live her lest restrictive life without having to have a formal (and costly) guardianship process.
What You Can Do
If you’re concerned about the care of your parents or naming a guardian for yourself or others in your family, I will be glad to answer your questions and formulate a plan that makes sense and puts your and your loved ones’ minds at ease. Contact my office today to speak with me directly or to arrange a meeting.