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If you are worried that a loved one may be unable to make his or her own decisions due to a mental illness or physical disease, you need the help of an experienced and committed attorney to have a guardian appointed for that individual. If a friend, loved one or acquaintance becomes either mentally or physically incapacitated, a guardian should be appointed to protect the individual’s financial assets and help him or her care for themselves. The large majority of guardianship applications submitted to the Supreme Courts in the State of New York go uncontested. However, disagreements sometimes arise among family members as to who should be appointed the guardian and as to whether a guardian in necessary. At the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo, our attorneys have been representing clients concerning all types of guardianship issues for more than 30 years. The following is a list of some of the issues our law firm deals with on a regular basis:
- An individual who cannot make his or her own decisions needs an ally. Dementia or Alzheimer’s create confusion and a state of altered reality in some seniors individuals. Having a loved one who experiences these types of symptoms can be problematic and disconcerting. You can help take control of this situation by being appointed as a guardian.
- You may be able to aid as a guardian by helping the senior pay his or her phone, electric or heat bill, collecting mail, helping to make and transport your loved one to doctors appointments and making sure the trash is taken to the curbside.
- By becoming this individual’s guardian you can help ensure that their personal assets are preserved and that their future can be provided for. They may not be able to take care of themselves so your help, guidance, and the security that you provide may help your loved one live a higher quality of life.
What Is The Guardianship Process In New York?
The process of obtaining a guardianship In New York involves the preparation of a petition to either the Supreme Court or the Surrogates Court depending on what type of guardianship application is being brought. When a guardianship is brought in the Supreme Court, all necessary individuals are served with the Guardianship papers. The Court thereafter appoints a court evaluator to make recommendations as to whether the guardianship is necessary, the fitness of the individual bringing the petition to serve as the guardian, whether a guardianship of the person or a guardianship of the assets should be appointed and a variety of other issues which come up in guardianship proceedings. Sometimes hearings are necessary to determine who should act as the guardian.
Alternatives To Guardianship
In some situations, drafting a durable power of attorney and a health care proxy can eliminate the need for the appointment of a guardian. Unfortunately, sometimes durable powers of attorney are abused or the individual who was appointed does not know what to do with this power. In these situations, a guardianship application to the court may still be necessary.
Hiring a Guardianship Lawyer
Contact a New York City and / or Long Island Guardianship Lawyer to discuss the needs of your loved ones. In some states the term conservatorship is used to refer to proceedings that are called guardianship proceedings in New York State. We can explain how being appointed the guardian of a loved one will give you legal authority to help your loved one deal with personal, medical and financial matters. Entrust your case to our experienced firm today. Call for a free consultation at 516-561-6645, 718-350-2802 or 1-800-344-6431. Our phones are monitored 7 days a week. We look forward to being of assistance to you.
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