Guardianship: Protecting A Loved One’s Security And Well-Being
When a loved one becomes incapacitated and does not have a health care proxy or power of attorney, establishing a guardianship and conservatorship will allow you to make decisions on his or her behalf.
The lawyers at The Law Office of Michael F. Cuddy will guide you through the often complex and time-consuming process of petitioning the court for guardianship and conservatorship. From our office in Dedham, we have helped clients throughout Massachusetts maintain the security and well-being of their loved ones for over 30 years.
When Is A Guardianship Or Conservatorship Necessary?
A guardianship or conservatorship becomes necessary when a loved one is incapacitated and no longer able to make decisions regarding medical care or finances on his or her own and does not have a power of attorney or health care proxy.
We will help you understand the differences between guardianship and conservatorship and assist you in pursuing the best avenue for your family member:
Guardianship: If you have a child with special needs who is over the age of 18, it is important to establish guardianship so that you can manage his or her medical care and make other important decisions on his or her behalf. Additionally, guardianships can be obtained for minor children whose parents are unable to care for them for any reason.
Conservatorship: A conservatorship will allow you to control the financial and business affairs of an incapacitated loved one or a minor child.
A health care proxy and a power of attorney can help you prevent your loved ones from having to go through the hardship of obtaining a conservatorship or guardianship should you become incapacitated. Our firm can help you establish these crucial documents to ensure that your financial and medical wishes are known.