Guardianship

We are a certified professional guardian agency with two certified guardians on staff. We strive for the least restrictive methods of care. We believe in keeping family and friends of the incapacitated person informed of the clients condition and when appropriate, request input as to the important decisions that need to be made. 

Guardians are appointed as part of a legal process created to protect the rights of the individual while identifying areas of vulnerability that require addressing Guardianship is appropriate when the individual requires a surrogate to make of implement important decisions. The duties of a guardian can include a wide variety of activities such as:

 

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Property Management

  • Income Management

  • Expense Management 

  • Medical Care Management 

  • Management of Living Arrangements and Care 

Guardians are required by law to make an initial report that includes a detailed description of the client's assets, care needs and the plans for the patient. Guardians are also required to provide to the court an annual cost report of the Guardian's activities. 

Types of Guardianship

Full Guardianship

Full Guardianship is comprehensive decision-making authority and responsibility over personal and/or legal an financial affairs. 

Limited Guardianship

Limited Guardianship is the decision-making and responsibility over selected needs such as healthcare or property. 

Joint Guardianship

Joint Guardianship is when more than one individual share guardianship over another person. The two shared parties have authority and responsibility jointly over the person. 

     - Additionally, Temporary Guardianship is appointed for a limited time period as described in the Court Order or until the circumstances that required the appointment is cured. 

     - Court appointed guardians are obligated to make decisions based upon what are known to be the client's competent preferences or else upon the best interests of the client. A guardian of the estate may be given authority to assume control over bank accounts, real property, personal property and other assets. The guardian of the estate typically assumes responsibility for payment of routine bills and managing claims against the client's assets. 

     - A guardian of the person often has responsibility for ensuring that the client's medical and personal care needs are met. This can entail a wide variety of assistance depending on the physical condition, cognitive status and living situation of the client. Guardians cannot require the client to accept medical care and are very limited in their ability to direct or otherwise control the client's personal behavior. 

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