Is A Guardianship Right for Your Loved One?

Considering guardianship for your loved one is not easy. Guardianship often coincides with declining health or incapacitation that makes it difficult for your loved one to continue caring for himself or herself.

At Sutton Milam & Fanning, PLLC, we understand how difficult this process can be. But we also understand how important it is that your loved one is protected. Our experienced attorneys have helped numerous people in Waco and throughout McLennan County, Texas, ensure their loved one is safe from harm. We can do the same for you.

What Is Guardianship?

Guardianship is an important legal tool that helps protect persons who are disabled or incapacitated. An individual will be named to be the guardian of your loved one, and a court must approve it. Guardians are charged with protecting their "wards," through several duties:

  • Ensuring your loved one receives the medical attention they need
  • Making medical decisions on behalf of your loved one
  • Managing your loved one's finances
  • Updating the court on the condition of your loved one

The duties of a guardian depend on the capabilities of your loved one. If your loved one cannot make any decisions on their own, the duties of the guardian may be more far-reaching than if your loved one has some capacity still. Courts typically prefer a guardian to be a family member of the ward.

How It Helps

Although your loved one may have a hard time understanding why he or she needs a guardianship, it is important to know that it provides many protections for your loved one. It ensures their affairs are handled properly, it ensures their bills are paid, it ensures they receive the health care they need, and it can protect them from predatory individuals who may be seeking to take advantage of incapacitated adults.

Not Just for The Elderly

Although less common, guardianships can also be used to protect disabled children or young adults who own significant property. Appointing the right person to serve as guardian can ensure their assets are safe and used for their benefit.

Find Out If Your Loved One Could Benefit from Guardianship

In a free initial consultation, one of our lawyers can answer your questions and help you better understand how a guardianship can help your loved one. Call 254-633-3048 or email us to schedule an appointment.