Oakland County Guardianship Attorneys
Helping Families Care for Their Loved Ones
The decision to seek guardianship for an elderly loved one or a child with special needs can be difficult. It is a serious responsibility that can have a profound impact on the person for whom guardianship is sought, as well as the family members who are asked to assume that responsibility.
Our attorneys at Mannor Law Group, PLLC have the experience necessary to help families navigate the legal process while providing compassionate and supportive guidance. We work with families to create a customized plan for care that is in the best interests of the loved one in need of guardianship while also preserving their rights and freedoms as an individual.
What Is Guardianship?
Guardianship is a legal relationship in which a guardian is given the legal authority to make decisions for another person, called a minor or a protected person. A guardian is responsible for managing the financial affairs, health care decisions, and general welfare of the minor or protected person.
Guardianship can be an important option for a person with a disability or a serious illness that prevents them from being able to care for themselves and make important decisions. It can also be a valuable tool for a family that cares for an elderly loved one with dementia or other cognitive impairments that make it difficult to make independent decisions.
Guardianship is a serious commitment that should not be entered into lightly. It can be a burden upon the protected person as well as the family members who are asked to assume that responsibility. If you have any questions about this issue, you can consult with our experienced guardianship lawyers in Oakland County for help.
What Are the Types of Guardianships?
There's no single way to establish guardianship. In fact, there are several types of guardianships available that can help families ensure their loved ones have the care they need.
A few types of guardianships include the following:
- Conservatorship — A conservator is appointed to manage the financial affairs of the person for whom conservatorship is sought.
- Guardianship of the person — A guardian is appointed to make decisions for the person for whom guardianship is sought regarding health care, education, and other important life decisions.
- Guardianship of the estate — A guardian is appointed to manage the financial affairs and property of the person for whom guardianship is sought.
There are also two types of guardianships that are available for minors. A minor is a person who is under the age of 18.
Minors can be appointed the following types of guardians:
- Personal guardian — A personal guardian is appointed to make decisions for the minor regarding health care, education, and other important life decisions.
- Property guardian — A property guardian is appointed to manage the financial affairs and property of the minor.
How Does a Court Determine Which Type of Guardianship Is Best for a Child or Elderly Loved One?
When a person is seeking guardianship for a minor or a person with special needs, it can be difficult to determine which type of guardianship is best for that individual. In many cases, the court will appoint more than one type of guardianship for the minor or protected person.
For example, a minor might be appointed a personal guardian to make decisions regarding their health care and education, as well as a property guardian to manage the financial affairs and property of the minor. The court will make this decision based on the best interests of the minor or person for whom guardianship is sought.
Contact Us for Legal Assistance
Our attorneys at Mannor Law Group, PLLC have the experience and knowledge necessary to help families navigate the guardianship process while providing compassionate and supportive guidance.
We can work with you to create a customized plan for care that is in the best interests of the minor or protected person, helping you ensure their needs are met.
Call (810) 645-8426 today to speak with one of our Oakland County guardianship attorneys.
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