Annapolis Guardianship Attorney
Guardianship is a legal tool for protecting those who are ill, disabled, and/or who are unable to properly care for themselves. Guardianship may be necessary temporarily, such as in the event that a person becomes incapacitated due to an accident, or it may be a permanent method for someone to be cared for throughout the rest of their life, as in the event of dementia or severe psychological disorder. If you are considering filing for guardianship or are trying to alter a guardianship court order that already exists, you should consult with a knowledgeable Maryland guardianship attorney. Our experienced Annapolis guardianship attorneys can help you navigate this tricky legal landscape to provide the best life for your elderly parent, incapacitated spouse, or other loved one.
Types of Guardianships
- Guardianship of a Person—According to the Maryland Department of Human Services, guardians of a person are authorized by the courts to make decisions for a disabled person about their health care, housing arrangements, daily needs, end of life decisions, and maintaining a residence. Guardianship of a person essentially gives the guardian full control over the ward’s life, health, and finances. As such, it is a decision that must be made carefully.
- Conservatorship, or Guardianship of Property—A conservatorship, which is not a true guardianship, allows another person (the conservator) to make financial decisions for the ward, but not day to day life decisions or other decisions that would be made by a guardian. These decisions include managing assets, selling property to pay for expenses with court approval, arranging appraisals, and more.
Guardianship of a Minor
In situations where a parent is unable to care for their child, but they still desire to maintain their parental rights, guardianship may be given to a grandparent, relative, or close family friend in order for that person to make legal decisions for the child. Examples that may necessitate guardianship of a minor include when a parent must travel outside of the country for an extended period of time, is incarcerated, is in the hospital, or is terminally ill. On the other hand, guardianship of a child when they turn 18 is a scenario where guardianship may become beneficial for a parent, as opposed to another family member.
Revision of Guardianships
Untold numbers of self-reliant seniors are put under court-appointed guardians every year. These individuals do not need nor want a guardianship company or “professional guardian” to rule over their lives and bank accounts. The National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse calls this type of fraud “a growing menace which feeds on greed.” Elder abuse such as fraudulent guardians is becoming more prevalent, according to the Huffington Post, as the Baby Boomer generation ages and state and federal governments fail to take much needed action. In other circumstances, the original guardianship, taken on by a family member for example, may have been benevolent, but is simply no longer needed due to the ward’s improved health. In either case, our attorneys can help revise the original court order.
Contact an Annapolis Guardianship Attorney Today
Guardianship of a loved one is a big decision, but it is something that may offer you and them peace of mind. To learn more, contact Frame & Frame to speak with our experienced Annapolis guardianship attorneys today at 410-255-0373.