Being someone’s guardian is a serious responsibility. That’s why it’s important to work with a lawyer who is ready to guide you through the guardianship process. If you need a lawyer to help with an adult guardianship in Milwaukee, WI, call Small Business Legal Services. After thoroughly reviewing your situations, Small Business Legal services will provide a high level of personal service and competent advocacy at every step, from starting and filing the initial petition to the establishment of the guardianship.
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Guardianship is the legal process of appointing a person to make live decisions for another person, especially financial and health care decisions. If a person (known as the ward) does not have a power of attorney and is not competent to complete one, or the power of attorney does not cover the decisions that need to be made, then guardianship may be needed. There are several situations where you may need to be appointed someone’s guardian:
- If an elderly family member is not competent to sign a power of attorney, you or another adult family member may need to be appointed as guardian in order to pay bills, manage assets and make health care decisions.
- If you have a disabled child, you will need to be appointed your child’s guardian once he or she turns 18. Otherwise, you would not have the legal authority to make financial and health care decisions for your child.
- If a family member is injured in an accident and is no longer competent to sign a power of attorney, you or another adult family member may need to be appointed as guardian to make health care decisions or manage their finances.
- If your child is the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, a lawsuit settlement or an inheritance, the child will need a guardian to manage the money until he or she reaches 18. Even if you are the child’s parent, you will still need to be appointed as your child’s legal guardian in order to control your child’s assets.
- If there is an activated health care power of attorney and need to negotiate or accept a lawsuit settlement on their behalf, you may need to be appointed guardian.
If there is an activated power of attorney for finances and need to make health care decisions, you may need to be appointed guardian.
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