I was recently appointed guardian of a young woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury following an auto accident. My office had no prior relationship with the injured. I was brought into the file by a wise personal injury attorney.
Prior to my involvement, a petition for guardianship was filed by the case manager of the brain rehabilitation center. The petition sought the appointment of the injured’s mother. The problem was that the injured and her mother had a tenuous relationship. The injured objected to her mother serving as guardian. The personal injury attorney recognized the conflict and contacted me to discuss strategies.
I agreed to meet with the brain injured. After a few meetings, trust was formed. The injured nominated me to serve as her guardian. Following a hearing, the court appointed me as her guardian.
My appointment affords the injured with a professional guardian at the expense of the personal injury protection carrier. The Michigan courts have consistently ruled that expenses associated with both guardianship and conservatorship are allowable expenses under the Michigan No Fault Act.
The decision of this wise attorney to consult with me brought great value to his injured client. Most importantly for this attorney, the appointment of my office as guardian preserved his right to prosecute the case.