When Is Guardianship Needed?
In most cases, guardianship is put in place to take care of a parent who has become incapacitated. Guardianship is also needed to take care of an adult disabled child or a minor who receives a personal injury settlement.
A person can avoid the need for guardianship if they have estate planning documents in place such as a power of attorney and health care surrogate. However, these documents can only be completed in advance of a need. Once a person becomes incapacitated, he or she does not have the legal capacity to make a power of attorney or health care surrogate designation.
Our lawyer understands this is an emotionally difficult time for you so we encourage you to email us to learn more about what we can do for your family.
Are You Considering Becoming A Guardian?
Witnessing a family member’s physical, mental and emotional deterioration due to health issues such as Alzheimer’s or dementia can be heartbreaking. When your loved one can no longer make sound decisions, you may need to be appointed as that person’s guardian.
Becoming a guardian is an important responsibility. You are taking on the authority to make financial and personal care decisions for another person. Courts take the process of naming a guardian seriously, since the court is taking away a person’s freedom to make decisions for himself or herself.
At The Law Office of Nicole C. Morris, P.A., our attorney helps people become guardians of elderly parents, adult disabled children and other vulnerable adults. We also draft powers of attorney, which can be an inexpensive alternative to guardianship if your loved one plans ahead. Unfortunately, in some cases, guardianship may be the only alternative.
Ask Us About Guardianship Today
We offer initial consultation to answer your questions about guardianship and when it is needed. Email us or call 561-855-0348 to schedule an appointment. We work in Palm Beach Gardens and throughout the country to help clients with loved ones in Florida.