Guardianship

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Sometimes loved ones need help. Due to age, injury or illness a loved one has lost the ability to manage their daily affairs and/or take care of themselves physically. By the time this has occurred, it is too late to simply have them sign a power of attorney. They no longer have the legal capacity necessary to make that decision. Because that loved one needs your help, the Law Office of Julius Eric Junker, PLLC will help you seek a guardianship over the person and/or estate of that loved one.  

What is a guardianship?

A guardianship is a legal process to protect loved ones from abuse, neglect and exploitation. In this process, we apply to the Court for a guardianship to have the Court establish a legal relationship between the loved one who needs help – called a ward – and a person or entity named by the court to help the ward. This person or entity is known as a guardian. The guardianship removes certain rights and privileges from the ward because they can no longer responsibly exercise those rights and privileges for themselves. The appointed guardian will be legally responsible for that loved one, look after them, care for them and exercise those rights and privileges for them as needed.  

Guardian’s Responsibilities

 A guardian is responsible for the duties ordered by the court, including: 

    • Paying the ward’s bills.

 

  • Establishing where the ward will live

 

 

  • Making medical decisions for the ward

 

 

  • Maintaining the ward’s assets to the greatest extent possible.

 

 

  • Ensuring the ward’s needs are met to the extent allowed by the ward’s funds and resources allow.

 

 

Guardians must file annual reports and/or annual accountings with the court. The Law Office of Julius Eric Junker, PLLC is committed to helping you through the guardianship process as efficiently as possible. To start a guardianship, please call for a free consultation.