Guardianship
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Guardianship is a legal mechanism which enables one person, called a guardian, to make legally recognized and enforceable decisions for another person, called the ward. If the unfortunate situation arises where a person is no longer capable of making certain decisions, such as whether to have an operation or how to spend money, and that person has not and cannot execute proper advance directives like powers of attorney, a guardian is appointed through court procedures to make decisions for that person. The appointed guardian may serve as guardian of the person and make personal decisions for the ward, as guardian of the estate and make financial decisions for the ward, or both.

Convervatorship is similar to guardianship, but it is created with the voluntary petition of the person seeking the financial assistance of another. An appointed conservator has all of the same duties and responsibilities to the ward as a guardian of the estate.

The attorneys of Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP understand that dealing with the guardianship of a family member can be difficult. They take a compassionate approach and pay special attention to simplify the process. Whenever possible, our attorneys take whatever steps they can to achieve our client’s necessary goals while avoiding the need for guardianship.

Our attorneys provide a full range of guardianship services, including the following:

  • Representation of guardians
  • Representation of wards
  • Representation of interest persons
  • Guardianship of the estate
  • Guardianship of the person
  • Conservatorship
  • Annual guardian reports and accounts
  • Protective placement
  • Temporary guardianship
  • Transfer of guardianship

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