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Practice Areas: Guardianships

Whether your concern centers around a child with special needs who is about to reach the age of majority or an elderly parent who needs assistance looking after his or her affairs, we can help you obtain a guardianship, which is the legal right to make decisions for another in difficult times.  A guardian is a person lawfully invested with the power and charged with the duty of taking care of a person who because of age, mental incapacity such as Alzheimer’s disease, or self-control issues like substance abuse is unable to care for himself or manage her own affairs. A guardian can be appointed to manage either a person’s financial affairs, their person (for example, medical, housing and other personal affairs) or both.

The process for having a guardian appointed involves court intervention and therefore can become a complicated one for people who are unfamiliar with the legal process.  Frankel & Kershenbaum, LLC maintains a guardianship practice designed to help its clients through this complicated process in the most efficient and effective manner to minimize the stress it can place upon those involved.

Additionally, once a guardian is appointed, our assistance does not have to end. The guardianship attorneys at Frankel & Kershenbaum not only handle having the guardian appointed, but also stand ready to assist that guardian in fulfilling his or her ongoing obligations, such as completing annual reports as required by the court. A guardianship can help you to make sure that the preferences that your child or parent has regarding his or her medical care, estate or both are preserved, even when your loved one cannot express those preferences. With a thorough understanding of each step of the guardianship process, attorneys at Frankel & Kershenbaum will help you to determine whether guardianship is right for your family. Sometimes guardianship is unnecessary and we can reach your family’s goals by drafting Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and Advanced Health Care Directives.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you.
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