Guardianship is a legal process. When a person becomes incapacitated and can no longer make sound decisions about their care or their finances, and they have not put the proper paperwork in place before becoming incapacitated, a Court must get involved and determine, through a series of examinations, legal filings, and hearings, that the person is incapacitated. The Court must determine to what extent the person is incapacitated and appoint someone (a Guardian), whether they be a family member or a professional, to make decisions for the incapacitated person (legally called a “ward”), which that person can no longer make for themselves.
When Guardianship is necessary, the estate planning and guardianship attorneys at Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. strive to make it a smooth and efficient process. Call (239) 394-5161 for a consultation.