A Local North Georgia Firm Assisting In Issues Of Guardianship Advocacy
When physical or financial concerns seem to overwhelm, however, guardianship may be the best answer, especially in cases of self-neglect. Treating all parties with the concern and respect needed when guardianship matters arise, our professional team at Teiger Law Center, P.C., weighs preferences with abilities when constructing a solid guardianship document to bring before the county probate court.
Advice And Representation Focused On Your Needs
We assist in documenting the fitness of the proposed ward. Ability to maintain a job, live on his or her own with or without assistance, pay expenses, make reasoned decisions concerning medical matters, maintain personal hygiene and conduct finances will be closely examined by the court.
Fitness of the guardian will also be considered. Guardianship is a full-time job and should not be entered into lightly. Unlike a conservator whose primary concern is overseeing finances and property (paying bills, applying for benefits, etc.), a guardian is in charge of the everyday care of the disabled ward, from housing to medical care to legal counsel. A guardian either provides or oversees housekeeping, personal care and meals. He or she sees to clothing needs, as well as recreation and provides or arranges for transportation as needed.
Guardianship of incapacitated adults is specifically tailored to meet individual needs, so each case is unique. Guardianship may be partial, limited to specific areas (such as health care decisions) or total, including all decisions on nursing home/assisted living facilities. In all cases, the Georgia Department of Human Resources makes its intentions clear in Section 302 of the DHR Adult Public Guardianship Manual: “… all guardianships of adults are designed to encourage the development of maximum self-reliance and independence in the adult…”
When you have questions, we encourage you to reach out to us and learn more about how we can help you make intelligent decisions regarding you and your family.
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Not all guardianships work out well, despite efforts to custom fit each guardianship case. Sometimes it’s just a case of inability to perform the duties as needed and sometimes it’s a case of abuse of authority.