The attorneys of Howes & Howes are always at the ready to protect individuals that cannot protect themselves. One means of ensuring the rights of minors and adults who can no longer care for themselves is by establishing a guardianship or creating a power of attorney.
A guardian is a person that is appointed by a court to be responsible for the person and/or property of a minor or an incapacitated adult. A guardianship may serve to protect a child that is being abused, neglected or possibly when the current custodian is no longer willing or able to care and provide for that child. Another function of a guardianship is to protect incompetent individuals that are unable to care for themselves.
A durable power of attorney is a legal document executed by an individual before they become incapacitated granting rights to make decisions on that individuals behalf should they become incapacitated. Guardianships and rights created by a power of attorney can be limited in scope or allow the guardian a wide array of powers as long as the guardian is acting in the best interest of the child/incapacitated adult. Guardianship and powers of attorney, much like a will, can make your wishes known ahead of time, minimize stress within the family unit and guarantee that your health and financial decisions will be handled by a family member or other individual that is capable of the task and that you trust.
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