Guardianship is a legal process that allows one adult to make legal decisions for another adult who is unable to care for themselves due to age, mental illness, or other incapacitation. While family members generally assume that they can care for each other in the event of the unexpected, they will not have the legal ability to do so.
This means that while a caretaker may be able to use their family member’s checkbook and online accounts, any banks, hospitals, or businesses will not be able to speak with them. The easiest way to avoid this is by establishing a living trust while they are still of sound mind. However, if a family member is suddenly unable to care for themselves, our attorneys can commence guardianship proceedings to ensure you are able to care for them.