Guardianship laws allow you to protect the people you care about most, including your parents and older family members. In both short-term and long-term situations, guardianship statements create a clear plan outlining what should be done for your loved ones and who is best qualified to meet these needs. Guardians protect not only the young, but also the elderly and anyone who is incapacitated due to an injury or illness.
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.
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, 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. To prevent the burden of securing a durable power of attorney and other documents in an emergency, many parents name a guardian in advance to handle these matters if they are unable to do so.
Guardianship encompasses all aspects of well-being. Each area can be successfully safeguarded by a thorough, well-thought-out plan. 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.