CROWN POINT ESTATE PLANNING LAWYER
When an adult is no longer able to manage his or her personal affairs, the court may appoint a guardian to make decisions for that individual, called the ward or “protected person”. Children under the age of 18 may also a court-appointed guardian if they have no living adult parent who is capable of handling their affairs and providing for their day-to-day care. There are different types of guardianships depending on the abilities of the ward. Unless otherwise specified, a guardian has control over all of the ward’s affairs. A limited guardian has powers that are limited by the courts. A guardianship will last for as long as necessary (until becoming an adult or until the disability no longer exits), but it is also possible to obtain an emergency guardianship for 60 days or less.
TYPES OF GUARDIANSHIPS IN INDIANA
If the ward cannot manage his or her daily maintenance, a guardian of the person can provide protection by making choices about residence, clothing, health care and more. A guardian of the estate can manage the ward’s financial matters, including bank accounts, stocks, bonds and real estate. This type of guardian is responsible for paying debts, collecting money, managing the estate, and more. When a guardian of the person and a guardian of the estate are needed, a single individual or two people can serve in these positions.
WHO CAN BE A GUARDIAN?
Although the Indiana courts consider all individuals who are qualified and willing, they take into account individual factors when choosing a guardian. Wards at least 14 years of age and older can request a specific guardian at the hearing or in a legal document. The proposed guardian’s relationship with the ward is also considered. Additionally, the courts take into consideration whether the ward has a power of attorney.
One of the main considerations of the court is the best interests of the ward with regards to personal matters and property. If you are interested in protecting your loved one or his or her assets with a guardianship in Lake County, you should consider the services of a Crown Point estate planning attorney.
CHOOSE KNOWLEDGEABLE COUNSEL TO ESTABLISH A GUARDIANSHIP IN CROWN POINT
Instead of passing clients’ cases off to paralegals or legal secretaries, I personally handle them from start to finish. With over 20 years of experience, I am well-equipped to explain your rights and responsibilities and represent you as a guardian in Indiana. I was the president of the Lake County Bar Association and served as chairman of the Trust and Probate Section of the Lake County Bar. To learn more about how I can assist you with helping your ward, take advantage of my free initial consultation and please do not hesitate to contact Kent A. Jeffirs, Attorney at Law, PC for more information about my client-centered approach to law.