Guardianships are a court-supervised program where a Guardian is appointed to care for a Ward. A Guardian is, in effect, a surrogate decision maker to make decisions for a Ward whose incapacity has rendered them unable to make decisions for themselves. There are two types of Guardians: a Guardian of the Person who cares for the Ward by providing food, shelter, clothing, protection, and medical decisions, and a Guardian of the Estate who cares for the Ward’s property. A Ward can be either an incapacitated person, or a minor (one who is under eighteen).
Our clients include parents of children and special needs children as well as children looking to establish a Guardianship for parents with disabilities.
- Designation of a Guardian for Minor Children in the Event of Later Need, such as the death of a parent or both parents
- Designation of a Guardian Before the Need Arises for Adults
- Special Needs Trusts in coordination with Guardianship for special needs children and adults
- Appointment of Representative Payee for Social Security Disability Payments
- Guardianship for Incapacitated Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Mental Retardation, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Encephalopathy), Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Parkinson’s Disease
- Less Restrictive Alternatives to Guardianships including Durable Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney and Trusts, Mental Health Commitment, Consent to Medical Treatment, Bill Payer Assistance, and Registry of the Court