Protecting The Rights And Interests Of Vulnerable Loved Ones
It can be devastating to see an adult loved one lose his or her independence, or for a child to suddenly find themselves in need of an adult guardian. You understand, however, when your loved one cannot make important health, financial, religious or educational decisions on his or her own behalf (whether due to youth, old age, incapacity or illness), then the best step may be necessary to appoint a legal guardian on his or her behalf.
If you need a lawyer to help establish a guardianship for a parent, elderly relative or minor child, please contact me at the Starr Law Firm, PLC. I will provide informed counsel focused on helping you provide care and protection for your loved one while avoiding disputes with other members of the family.
Is your loved one in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area sick and in need of immediate medical care? I may be able to help you establish an emergency guardianship in just a matter of days.
Understand Guardianship Obligations And Avoid Legal Disputes
Guardianship is often a misunderstood area of the law. You may be called upon to be a guardian of a minor child or close relative but have only partial or completely inaccurate knowledge of what the job actually entails. You may have no idea that moving the ward out-of-state or failing to closely and properly account for their assets could breach your duty as a fiduciary.
Some of the many responsibilities you have as a guardian likely include:
- Ensuring compliance with your loved one’s wishes by medical staff, healthcare providers, religious officiates and others
- Keeping other family members and loved ones informed of decisions you make on the ward’s behalf
- Ensuring the family member is given adequate medical care and has access to assets
- Controlling the ward’s assets (In Arizona, this is handled with a conservatorship)
- Providing an accounting to the court at least once a year (In Arizona, this is handled with a conservatorship)
As a skilled guardianship lawyer, I take the time to fully explain a guardian’s role and have an in-depth discussion of the responsibilities associated with guardianship. My goal is to help you fulfill your duties thoroughly, properly and in a way that avoids future legal conflicts.
Get Counsel on Arizona Legal Guardianship Issues
Contact me, estate law attorney Brian S. Starr, today to discuss your situation In addition to serving as an experienced Phoenix guardianship lawyer, I skillfully represent clients seeking help with a variety of probate issues, estate planning matters, business law concerns and family disputes. Call 602-795-0700 or send me an email.