Elderly individuals face increasing mental and physical disabilities as the population of that age group increases. Meticulous planning can safeguard an elderly individual's estate assets against dissipation. An elderly person can use revocable living trusts and powers of attorney to manage their valuables. On the other hand, many senior citizens neglect to make such vital plans, or the plans prove to be inadequate. Because of this, court-mandated decision-making, such as a Guardianship or Conservatorship, may be required. Guardianship and Conservatorship proceedings entail an official grievance to be filed with the court and may require a trial, depositions, and subpoenas.
When a senior citizen becomes incapacitated and can no longer take care of his or her affairs or properly care for himself or herself, worried friends or family may ask the court to safeguard the incapacitated person by appointing a Conservator or Guardian. A comparable proceeding for developmentally disabled or mentally impaired people permits parents or family members to request an appointment of a Guardian of the disabled individual from the court.
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Did you know?
In situations in which a minor is to receive an inheritance, gift, personal injury award, etc., it may be required that one of the minor's parents (or other responsible adult) be appointed by the Court as Guardian of the minor's estate.
In cases in which a minor's parents pass away or their parental rights cease to exist, the court may appoint a Guardian of the minor. Contact us today if you need legal help regarding a similar situation.