A Guardianship is a legal process that comes into play when someone’s abilities to manage themselves, their care and other critical life needs and/or their ability to manage their financial situation is called into question due to injury, illness or disability.
The need for a guardian can occur when a child is born impaired or later on in life when physical and/or cognitive issues arise that impairs ones ability to manage independently.
For example, someone who has a stroke, a severe car accident or a debilitating disease such as with Alzheimers Disease or a traumatic brain injury that impacts on their ability to make decisions.
Often these events occur suddenly leaving the responsibility to care and/or act on behalf of these folks to family members or friends, if they exist and are capable of stepping up to fill this critical role.
Usually, guardians are either family members or attorney’s, if the person has funds to pay for these services . Guardians are required to visit their wards at least once a quarter to ensure their welfare. They report to the Court at least yearly to advise the Court on their ward.
Guardianship Corp plays no role in the adjudication of a persons’ capacity.
Guardianship Corp is appointed by a Judge once the persons‘ need for a guardian is established, and there are no funds and no family or friends willing to step up and serve in this critical role. Our goal is to have our volunteers visit our clients twice a month, rather than quarterly, to better serve their needs.
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