Guardianship Lawyers in Altamonte Springs, Florida
The Law Offices of Brett D. Bevis, PLLC is a guardianship lawyer in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A guardian is a person appointed by the court who is empowered to make financial, legal decisions, and medical decisions on behalf of a person who has become incapacitated or disabled. The guardian is typically the person assigned to make decisions on another person’s behalf and the ward is the person for whom the decisions are made.
When would a guardianship be appropriate? If a person has a terminal illness or serious progressive illness and anticipates that at some point they will become too ill to make financial, legal, or medical decisions on their own behalf, they might appoint a person they trust to be their guardian in the event this occurs. Guardianships are also established in cases of adults who have serious disabilities or mental illnesses. If a person is unable to care for him or herself, needs assistance with daily life tasks, or otherwise needs another adult to manage his or her affairs, a guardianship may sometimes be established to help this individual.
The courts tend to only permit guardianships in cases where a person is truly disabled or incapacitated. In the best case scenarios, an individual with a progressive or terminal illness appoints a guardian when he or she was still capable of making this decision on his or her behalf. However, sometimes individuals become ill quickly, are disabled suddenly, or families wonder what steps they can take to protect a loved one who can no longer manage his or her own affairs. In this case, families may need to petition the court to establish a guardianship. This can be a complex process and may require that the family provide detailed documentation showing why a guardianship is necessary.
If you or a loved one is ill, disabled, or incapacitated, or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or if you are wondering if guardianship is appropriate in a given situation, consider reaching out to the Law Offices of Brett D. Bevis, PLLC, a guardianship lawyer in Altamonte Springs, Florida today. Our firm may be able to help you.