When A Person Needs Someone To Protect Their Well-Being A Guardianship May Be The Answer
We do not live in a perfect world. Accidents happen. People become ill or suffer from diseases that make them unable to think clearly. At Law Office of Diane St. Yves, PLLC, in Houston, we understand the many reasons that a concerned family member may wish to pursue a guardianship. We can help.
Who Needs A Guardianship?
A guardianship may be recommended when a spouse, parent or child becomes incapacitated and does not have a power of attorney (POA) in place. A guardianship is for a person who is no longer able to manage their personal needs, property or financial affairs – who not only cannot manage them but also does not understand that they cannot do so. Guardianships can be used for a person who is incapacitated by reason of minority developmental disability, an accident, or degenerative age conditions such as Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. If your loved one does not have adequate incapacity planning, a guardianship may be necessary.
How Do I Become A Guardian?
Our goal in the guardianship process is to have the court name a guardian for the incapacitated person. Once you retain our services, we will file the application for guardianship. The incapacitated person will receive notice of this. Your incapacitated loved one will need to be evaluated by a doctor. Other people, such as relatives, will also be notified of the proposed guardianship. We can discuss with you the process, what is needed and how best to proceed.
What Does A Guardian Do?
Once approved as a guardian you will be both able and obligated to manage the incapacitated person’s affairs and money. It is your duty to protect their well-being. As guardian you will also be responsible for overseeing the incapacitated person’s assets and care.
We invite you to contact us today to review your situation and determine if this type of proceeding may be necessary to protect your loved one.
Other Related Services
Being a guardian will put you in a position to manage your loved one’s estate. You may wish to have a discussion about the person’s last will and testament, health care directive, Texas probate and other facets of estate planning.
Get In Touch To Learn More About Being A Guardian
As experienced estate planning and guardianship attorneys we are ready to assist you. Call us at 281-816-4258 or reach us via our online contact form. We serve clients in the Greater Houston and surrounding areas along with South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.