Does My Loved One Need a Guardianship?

Jul 23, 2017 — by Debra Sutton

A Guardian is the person appointed by a court to provide or manage the care of another person or that person’s financial and business matters when they are no longer able to do so. The responsibility varies depending on the need of the person with the disability. Does your parent, spouse or other loved one need a guardian? Consider the following and if answered "yes," a consultation is advisable:

Has a significant diagnosis or disability become evident? (E.g. dementia, physical disability, mental illness)

Is he or she no longer able to maintain prescription medications?

Should he or she cease driving a vehicle?

Has his or her ability to weigh factors to decide where to live deteriorated?

Is he or she unable to understand key information on their own?

Are they unable to make key decisions or relay their decision to others?

Has their personal care, grooming, ability to maintain their home or prepare meals declined?

Could someone take advantage if he or she retains the ability to make important decisions?

If the answer to these questions is "yes," call us today to discuss whether and what type of guardianship is recommended.

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