Guardianship allows someone to make medical or financial decisions for someone they care for. The law uses the word incompetency, but we don’t like that phrase. Your loved one deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. We understand getting appointed as the guardian of your loved one can be a difficult and trying time, and we are here to help you through that process. If you want to file for guardianship, if someone has filed to get guardianship over you, or if you want to be the guardian for someone in a case that has already been filed, contact our law firm today to see how we can help you.
Areas of Practice
Representing the Petitioner- We will help you file the proper paperwork, gather the necessary records, and then advocate for you at the incompetency hearing. We work with the temporary guardian ad litem to help insure a smooth flow of information. Sometimes, extended or multiple hearings are required. In those cases we help clients establish a comprehensive strategy and gather the proper evidence in preparation for the hearings.
Guardian Ad Litem- As a court appointed guardian ad litem (GAL), we look out for the best interest of the person that may be declared incompetent. While that person may hire their own attorney, the GAL is court appointed to insure neutrality. We review our client’s medical and diagnostic history. We discuss the process and what it means to have a guardian. If we feel the incompetency standards have been met, we then look to see who the best guardian is. This can be family, a friend, or a governmental agency like the Department of Social Services. We understand that taking away someone’s rights is a serious matter and always treat our clients with the respect they deserve.
Who Guardianship is Right For?
Children that are turning 18 years old, or others that have:
Serious learning difficulties
Low functioning autism
Other disorders that interfere with their decision making
Seniors that have:
Serious memory loss
Inability to understand and choose medical treatments
Other mental disabilities