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When to Consider a Guardianship for Aging Loved Ones

Feb 8, 2024 | Estate Planning, Firm News

Watching a family member age can be a bittersweet experience, especially when you start noticing signs of declining mental or physical health. 

Sometimes, a guardianship becomes essential for their well-being.
  • Professional Assessment

The first step in establishing a guardianship is often getting a medical evaluation. This determines whether the person in question is capable of making reasoned choices about their life.

  • Types of Guardianship

Limited, full, and temporary guardianships are available based on what your loved one needs. Some may only require help with financial matters, while others may need more comprehensive oversight.

  • Legal Process

Obtaining guardianship is a legal procedure that usually involves court appearances. You will need to provide substantial evidence that your loved one cannot manage their affairs independently.

  • Ongoing Requirements

Once established, guardians must usually provide the court with periodic updates to maintain the guardianship status.

The process can be emotionally taxing, and the paperwork and legal hurdles can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s crucial to consult a knowledgeable attorney to guide you through the intricacies of establishing a guardianship. 

Butcher Elder Law specialize in educating and helping you protect what you have for the people you love the most. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.