Guardianship: Protecting Your Loved Ones
Guardianship is a legal arrangement in which a person is appointed by the court to make decisions and act on behalf of someone else who is unable to do so for themselves. This vulnerable individual, known as the ward, may be a minor, an elderly person, or an individual with a disability or incapacitation.
At Morgan Legal Group PLLP in Miami, we understand the complexities and sensitivities surrounding guardianship matters. Our experienced guardianship attorneys are dedicated to providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation to help families protect their loved ones. In this practice area page, we will delve into the intricacies of guardianship and how our skilled team can assist you.
Types of Guardianship
There are several types of guardianships, each serving a specific purpose:
1. Guardianship of a Minor
When parents are unable to care for their child due to death, incapacity, or other reasons, a guardian is appointed to care for the minor’s personal and financial needs.
2. Guardianship of an Adult with Disabilities
In cases where an adult is unable to manage their affairs due to physical or mental disabilities, a guardian is appointed to make decisions on their behalf.
3. Guardianship of an Elderly Person
If an elderly individual is no longer capable of handling their financial or personal affairs, a guardian can be appointed to ensure their needs are met.
The Guardianship Process
The process of establishing a guardianship involves the following key steps:
1. Petition for Guardianship
A potential guardian must file a petition with the court, demonstrating the need for guardianship and their suitability for the role.
The court may appoint an evaluator to assess the ward’s capacity and determine if guardianship is necessary.
3. Notice and Hearing
All interested parties are notified of the guardianship petition, and a hearing is held to determine the guardianship’s necessity and scope.
4. Appointment of Guardian
If the court finds the need for guardianship, a guardian is appointed to assume the responsibilities outlined in the court order.
Why Do You Need a Guardianship Lawyer?
Establishing guardianship can be a complex legal process, and having a skilled guardianship lawyer by your side can be invaluable:
1. Legal Expertise
Guardianship lawyers have a deep understanding of guardianship laws and can guide you through the process seamlessly.
2. Best Interests Representation
A guardianship lawyer represents the best interests of the ward, ensuring that their rights and needs are protected.
3. Court Procedures
Experienced guardianship lawyers are familiar with court procedures and can efficiently handle all required paperwork and filings.
How Morgan Legal Group PLLP Can Help
At Morgan Legal Group PLLP, our guardianship attorneys are committed to providing comprehensive and personalized legal services. Our services include:
1. Establishing Guardianships
We can assist you in the process of establishing guardianship for a minor, an adult with disabilities, or an elderly individual.
2. Guardianship Litigation
If you believe guardianship is not in the best interests of your loved one, we can represent you in guardianship disputes and litigation.
3. Guardian Advocacy
For individuals with developmental disabilities, we can help establish guardian advocacy, which is a less restrictive alternative to full guardianship.
4. Guardianship Administration
If you have been appointed as a guardian, we can guide you through the responsibilities and duties of guardianship administration.
Contact Morgan Legal Group PLLP Today
If you need assistance with guardianship matters or wish to explore guardianship options for your loved one, our experienced guardianship lawyers are here to help. Contact Morgan Legal Group PLLP in Miami today to schedule a consultation and get the legal support you need to protect your loved ones.