Guardianship Attorneys in Waco, TX
Is Guardianship Right for My 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 Waco guardianship attorneys have helped numerous people in Waco, Lorena, and throughout McLennan County and the surrounding areas ensure their loved ones are safe from harm. We can do the same for you.
For more information on guardianship, call (254) 237-5602 and schedule a consultation.
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 he or she needs;
- Making medical decisions on behalf of your loved one;
- Managing your loved one's finances; and
- 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.
Benefits of Guardianship
Although your loved one may have a hard time understanding why he or she needs a guardian, it is important to know that guardianship provides many protections for your loved one. It ensures their affairs are handled properly, their bills are paid, and they receive the health care they need. It can protect them from predatory individuals who may be seeking to take advantage of incapacitated adults.
Guardianship Is 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 a guardian can ensure their assets are safe and used for their benefit.
In an initial consultation, one of our Waco guardianship lawyers can answer your questions and help you better understand how a guardianship can help your loved one.
Call (254) 237-5602 to schedule an appointment.