Guardianship & Elder Law
By virtue of disability, some people lack the ability to make important decisions for themselves and are unable to manage money and property. The law gives us the right to seek court permission to take care of these individuals. A guardian is responsible for making the day-to-day decisions affecting the personal needs of an individual: room and board, hygiene, recreation, health care, etc. A conservator manages a disabled person’s money and property on behalf of that person. Frequently, both of these duties are undertaken by the same individual.
In order to become someone else’s guardian or conservator, there’s a fairly detailed legal process that one must go through. Getting appointed a guardian or conservator by the court, however, is only the first step. There are regular reports to be filed with the court. Utilizing an attorney helps ensure that the right decisions are made up-front so that the hard work of caring for a disabled person is made somewhat easier.
The elderly also need special attention to make sure that our loved ones are receiving the level of care that they need. The aging process can be alleviated when we design a care-giving plan that maximizes the independence of our loved one and gives us the peace of mind that they receive the care they deserve.