When Guardianship Is Necessary
When loved ones can no longer make safe personal and financial decisions for themselves, they may need someone to help them. In guardianship and conservatorship cases, the court appoints an agent to make financial and personal decisions for the principal (called the “ward”). This is not an easy decision for families to make. You want to work with a legal team that understands the complex issues surrounding these appointments.
At Bingham Legal Group PC, our guardianship attorneys understand the difficulty you face making these decisions, and we understand the complications involved. In addition, our lawyers bring experience and skill, with a commitment to client service and flexibility.
Compassionate Assistance With Guardianship Issues
Appointing a guardian or conservator for a loved one requires a finding of incapacity. This means that the ward has lost the ability to make financial and health care decisions alone. If this person really does lack capacity, he or she needs someone to make these decisions, while his or her rights are suspended. Guardians make decisions about the person, while conservators make decisions about assets. The court may appoint one or both, and the same person or different people may act in these two roles.
- Petitioners: If you have a family member who you believe has lost capacity, we can help you petition the court to have a guardian and conservator appointed.
- Guardians and conservators: If you are a guardian or a conservator, we can assist you with the administration of your role.
- Proposed wards: If you have loved ones petitioning the court to appoint a guardian or conservator on your behalf, we can help you dispute the appointment and retain control over your affairs.
Helping You Avoid Guardianships And Conservatorships
Although it might be difficult to think about, guardianships and conservatorships take away a great deal of your liberty by appointing someone else to take control of your financial and personal affairs, thus suspending your rights.
The most important step you can take to avoid this is proper estate planning. We can help you establish a power of attorney and patient advocate documents. These will appoint trusted agents to handle your financial and personal affairs the way you would like them to be handled.
Contact An Attorney Today
Bingham Legal Group PC is a full-service law firm providing counsel and service to individuals and businesses in Bingham Farms and the greater metropolitan Detroit area. To meet with one of our experienced attorneys, please call 248-952-8783 or send an email.
Our law firm proudly participates in the AARP Legal Services Program, enabling current members of AARP to receive a discount on customary rates.