One of the most difficult situations for a family to handle is the declining health of a loved one. Unfortunately our loved ones don’t always plan for the worst, leaving us to figure out what to do in the event they can no longer decide for themselves.
If someone you love has become incapacitated and doesn’t have a durable power of attorney in place, you’ll need to petition the court for guardianship in order to handle their affairs.
At Daley Zucker, we can help you navigate the complexities of guardianship and handle all the legal details.
The Guardianship Process
Seeking guardianship over another person is a complex process because it involves terminating or limiting the rights of an adult to handle their own affairs. The courts take this process very seriously and use a high degree of scrutiny.
The situation can become especially difficult if the person believed to be incapacitated resists having a guardian appointed on his or her behalf. Recognizing that each family situation is unique, the law is somewhat flexible. For example, limited guardianship may be granted in cases where proof is presented that the individual is partially competent to take care of themselves.
Legal Assistance is Critical
Because the process of guardianship is often complex, it is important to hire an attorney who understands the process, knows the laws and regulations that apply and can guide you through the process.
The skilled attorneys at Daley Zucker can help you navigate this difficult legal process with experience and compassion.
We can also answer your questions regarding your legal authority under an existing Power of Attorney or help in an ongoing guardianship dispute or proceeding.
Estate Planning Practice Areas
Depending on the size of your estate and your family situation, more complex planning may be required. Various trusts are available to both minimize taxes and protect loved ones. The attorneys at Daley Zucker can help with every aspect of your estate planning including:
Our Estate Planning AttorneysPatricia Carey Zucker
Steven P. Miner
Vicky Ann Trimmer