Guardianship is the legal process by which the person and property of incapacitated persons are protected. It is important to distinguish between someone who is disabled and some one who is legally incapacitated or financially incapable.

We all require assistance with some aspect of our lives. Some people require more assistance than others. When representing a client with disabilities, we focus upon what assistance the client requires and how we can facilitate the continuation or improvement of that assistance. The mere fact that the client is disabled does not mean that the client is incapable of managing financial affairs. Put another way, not all disabled persons are incapacitated.

A guardian of a person is responsible for seeing the incapacitated person has food, clothing, shelter and medical care. A guardian of property is responsible for protecting the property and income of the incapacitated person and spending those funds for the incapacitated person’s benefit under the supervision of the probate court. We can assist you in seeking the appointment of a guardian and in carrying out the duties of a guardian once appointed.

Many of our clients seek our help with an elderly parent suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Our attorneys have many years of experience in this field and are here to help you at this difficult time.

These types of services are most commonly needed when:

  • An elderly parent is no longer able to make medical or financial decisions;
  • A disabled child becomes an adult; or
  • A minor needs to make a financial transaction in his or her own name, or owns funds that need to be invested.

Novins, York & Jacobus has what you are looking for: the practical knowledge to serve your legal needs today, and the vision to help you prepare for your legal needs tomorrow.