Adult Guardianship

Adult Guardianship

It’s difficult to think so far into the future to a time where you could potentially be incapacitated. It’s unpleasant to think about, however, it doesn’t make it any less critical. If you are unable to make decisions for yourself, it is important that someone be appointed guardian who can act on your behalf.

Appointing a guardian

Appointing a guardian allows that person to make important decisions on your behalf. The law presumes that every adult has the autonomy to make his or her own decisions unless a person lacks mental, physical and/or emotional capacity. This means that people cannot be forced into life-altering medical treatments without their consent if they are no longer able to make these types of choices on behalf of themselves alone; otherwise known as “autonomy”. This diminished mental capacity can come as a result of an accident, illness or even old age.

Establishing your own guardianship

Establishing your own guardianship in advance can give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing who will be looking after your affairs and how they should be handled. There are instances when a person has not designated a guardian to handle their affairs, in those instances, a guardian must be appointed by the court.

In either instance, you need a trusted ally, someone who understands your wishes. Our attorneys have been assisting our clients by providing trusted counsel on guardianship for decades. Call us today to discuss your wants and needs, we will begin planning together.

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Attorney Kelly Parks

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