Our firm represents individuals in all aspects of guardianship law, such as creating a guardianship, changing the person(s) appointed as guardian, and discussing when or if a guardianship would need to be created.
Guardianship is the legal process by which an applicant demonstrates to the court that a person is not capable of managing his or her financial or medical affairs.
Generally speaking, there are two types of guardianship clients, one is an adult who is taking care of someone else because they can no longer care for themselves, and the other is a parent who needs to appoint a guardian over his or her child in the event of their untimely death. Guardianships are applicable for “incapacitated” individuals such as:
- Disabled adults
- Disabled minor children
- Special needs adults
- Special needs minor children
- Adults living in assisted living or nursing homes
- Adults afflicted with Alzheimers or dementia
- Adults who are victims of a stroke
- Elderly adults
Why it's important to create a guardianship
Should you fail to name a guardian for your children, the court will appoint a guardian on its own. Designation of a guardian is an essential part of a comprehensive estate plan. While it’s impossible to prevent many unfortunate things from happening, we can do our best to prepare for them in the event they do occur. Making plans for the care of your children or someone else you’re responsible for in the event of your untimely death is an overwhelming, yet crucial step you can take to ensure their future well-being. If you feel like you’re about to make the biggest decision of your life, you’re not alone.
If you are ready to start making these important decisions for yourself and those you care for, Locklin, Saba, Locklin & Jones, P.A. can help. Our experienced and compassionate lawyers in Santa Rosa/Escambia Counties will walk you through creating the guardianship documents you need. Call us at 850-995-1102 or contact us online.
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