When an individual can no longer make important life decisions, a judge may appoint a guardian to make those decisions. This person, often called a conservator or adult guardian, may be tasked with calling the shots on decisions regarding finances, personal care or medical issues.
According to an article at Caring.com, adult guardianship, also known as conservatorship, has several advantages:
- family members can have peace of mind that someone is making decisions for their loved one;
- the guardian will have authority when it comes to dealing with third parties; and
- major decisions may require a judge's approval.
A few disadvantages are:
- adult guardianship can be costly to establish and time-consuming;
- an older individual may find it humiliating; and
- it can be an emotional experience for family members if they disagree on who should be the guardian.
Adult guardianship may be ideal if your loved one is suffering with a form of dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease; a stroke; life-altering injuries; or any other serious medical condition. However, if the individual has an advance directive or durable power of attorney for finances, some medical and financial decisions might already be established.
To find out if adult guardianship would be a good fit for your loved one, you should schedule a meeting with an adult guardianship attorney in Fort Myers.
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