In the event that a guardian will be appointed in your case or a loved one’s case to also make financial decisions, he or she could be called a conservator if appointed by the court. This role is similar to serving as a guardian.
A guardianship role focuses on overseeing estate management and assets. Pursuing guardianship of a loved one or putting in place a designated guardian as a portion of your overall estate planning structure is a very complex process that brings up a lot of emotions.
There are important questions that should be answered with the help of an experienced and knowledgeable estate planning attorney. These include:
- What is the primary purpose for pursuing guardianship?
- What is the daily routine like for a person who is in need of guardianship?
- How will the guardian be of assistance in meeting those needs?
- Are there any individuals who are opposed to the guardianship?
- Are more sensible alternatives available when considering guardianship, such as visiting nurses, senior citizen centers, home health aides, residential care facilities or adult day care?
Scheduling a consultation with a knowledgeable Virginia estate planning attorney is often the first step in considering your needs and next steps as it relates to establishing the role of guardian.
While guardianship can be a very emotionally charged topic for you and your loved ones, having the support of a lawyer to help you through it makes this process easier.