A guardianship may be the best choice for families who have a loved one who cannot make sound decisions for themselves. Guardianships may be financial, helping a loved one manage their finances properly to ensure they’re covered through their lifetime and protected from fraudsters or swindlers. Guardianships may also be medical, wherein one person is authorized to make medical and health care decisions for someone who may not be able to advocate for themselves. Some Georgia guardianships cover both protecting the ward and making decisions in their best interests.

Whatever type of guardianship you seek, an Alpharetta, GA, guardianship lawyer from Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C., can advise you of the legal requirements of being a guardian and the steps you must take to appoint a guardian. Call us today for a confidential consultation.

What Does An Alpharetta Guardianship Lawyer Do?

A guardianship legally permits one person to make decisions on behalf of another. Guardianships in Georgia may be limited to either financial or medical or may be “full,” which means that the guardian has the legal right to make decisions for the ward’s (the person for whom a guardianship is established) finances and healthcare. This is a weighty position, and the legal responsibilities are extensive. Our lawyers can help you understand what guardianship entails and your fiduciary duties to your ward.

Suppose you believe that your loved one lacks the mental capacity to make sound decisions about their medical care or finances. In that case, you may petition a Georgia family law judge to grant guardianship over the person. However, guardianships limit the agency and rights of the ward, so a judge won’t grant one. You may need to establish that the ward is incapable of advocating for themselves. Your lawyer helps you understand the process and drafts your legal paperwork to get the process started.

Your Advocate In Your Time Of Need

We worry about our loved ones as they age, but deciding to establish guardianship can be emotionally tumultuous. The potential ward usually needs a medical exam to determine whether guardianship is necessary. Then, there is a hearing to evaluate their competency and ability to make financial or medical decisions for themselves.

A lawyer helps you prepare for the court hearing and will present your case. They can answer the judge’s questions and may negotiate with the ward’s attorney as litem, who is appointed by a judge to represent the interests of the ward. We’ll present your case, answer questions from the other side, and vigorously advocate for your petition.

Do You Need More Information About Georgia Guardianships?

Are you worried about an infirm or elderly loved one and want to know whether guardianship is the best option? An Alpharetta guardianship lawyer from Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C., can help you learn more about your options for a full or limited guardianship and the legal requirements to establish one. We also get to know you and your family situation so we may be able to offer other options to protect your loved one. Call us today for a free consultation.