When a person loses the ability to make informed decisions about health or financial matters, it may be necessary to have someone assume responsibility for that person’s affairs. Unless the person has previously granted that authority through a power of attorney, a court must appoint someone to assist.
This process is known as a guardianship proceeding. The decision to pursue guardianship is a complex and critical one. It may be necessary to protect an incapacitated person’s finances or personal well-being.
If you fear that a friend or loved one is at risk due to their incapacity, we can assist by discussing possible alternatives, and, if guardianship is appropriate, preparing and filing the correct documents. We will also make sure that the person alleged to be incapacitated is accorded due process and, if a guardian is appointed, advise that person on their duties and responsibilities.