Reppucci & Roeder | Juvenile Law | Practice Areas | Guardianship
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Unfortunately, towards the end of life, an individual cannot always make clear and informed decisions. This is what guardianship is for. Guardianship cases grant legal decision-making ability to an individual on behalf of an adult who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to make important decisions for him- or herself. This may be necessary if an individual is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, if they are unconscious or semi-conscious, or have a mental disorder or impaired cognitive abilities. 

If individuals think ahead, there are many ways to execute their wishes, even if their condition deteriorates. Advanced healthcare directives formally layout decisions about healthcare. Power of attorney designates an individual to make decisions about finances. However, what happens if the individual didn’t make these plans ahead and can now not specify their preferences? 

A guardianship trial’s purpose is first to determine whether or not the individual in question can make his or her own decisions. Second, to designate the right party to assume guardianship of the individual. If granted, the guardianship may suspend some of the rights of the “ward,” such as a driver’s license and voting rights. The guardian assumes responsibility for the care of the individual, much like a parent has responsibility for the care of their child. 

If you are involved in a guardianship case, you may need legal representation to ensure that your rights are respected and secure the right outcome for the person who needs protection and guardianship. The experienced attorneys at Reppucci & Roeder understand that every case is different. So we create your legal strategy after talking with you to determine your individual goals and situation. 

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