A Guardianship is a proceeding in probate court that appoints a suitable person, known as a Guardian, to control and manage the financial and/or personal affairs of an individual who is unable to manage his or her own finances or medical care.
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The person who is unable to manage their own affairs is called the Ward.
The proceeding is controlled and supervised by the probate court. This is done to protect the best interests of the Ward. There are different types of guardianships:
- Guardianship of the Person and/or Estate
- Emergency Guardianship
- Limited Guardianship
When Does A Person Need a Guardian
A Guardianship may be necessary when an adult is declared incompetent and is unable to care for or manage his or her own finances and/or personal care.
A Guardianship may also become necessary if a minor child’s parents are deceased, or stripped of their parental rights, duties and obligations concerning the minor child, or if the minor child receives a lump sum of money from an inheritance or a legal award arising from a lawsuit.
Guardianships may be temporary or permanent depending on the circumstances.
Who is a Guardian?
A Guardian is the individual appointed by the probate court to manage your care and finances if you become unable to manage them. You may or may not have a choice in who the court appoints as your Guardian.
If you wish to avoid the necessity of a Guardianship being imposed on you or a loved one, there are some steps you can take that may prevent the appointment of a Guardian.
What The DiCello Law Firm Probate Division Can Do For You?
The DiCello Law Firm Probate Division has the experience and expertise to help you or a loved one to avoid, revoke, or administer all types of Guardianships.
Contact The DiCello Law Firm Probate Division, a division of The DiCello Law Firm, to answer your questions about Guardianships.