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Notice of Rights to Alleged Incapacitated Individual

A petition for guardianship has been filed and as the person awaits the court hearing, the Guardian ad Litem is required to provide that individual with a notice. This notice, known as Notice of Rights to Alleged Incapacitated Individual, provides the individual with their legal rights before and at the court hearing on the petition [...]

Terminate a Guardianship in 5 Steps

The best way to describe why you would need to terminate a guardianship is that the necessity of the guardianship is no longer required. Indeed, there are moments when a person who was under guardianship can gain enough autonomy within their own lives to where they are capable of making decisions on their own. Of [...]

Five Steps to Become a Guardian

There might be a moment in your life where someone you love is in need of someone to watch over him or her. Whether it's you, or someone else, that someone you love needs a guardian to help make decisions based on his or her best interest. If you need to start the guardianship process, [...]

Guardian vs Guardian ad Litem – What’s the difference?

There is much confusion as to the difference between a Guardian and Guardian ad Litem - Let's explore the topic... What is a guardian ad litem? Typically, a guardian ad litem (GAL) serves as the “eyes and ears” of the Court. The precise nature of their duties will vary depending on the particular hearing type. [...]

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

When would I encounter a Guardian ad Litem? Let’s say you’re in court as the Personal Representative of your loved one’s estate and you have everything ready to go. You have your letters of authority, an inventory in hand, and you are about to petition the court to get approval to sell some real property. [...]

What is a Guardianship?

What is a Guardianship? When a person lacks the understanding or ability to make or communicate informed decisions relating to their care, medical needs, and placement, the individual may need the help of a guardian. A guardian is appointed by the probate court at the request of a concerned person (the petitioner). Common petitioners include [...]

Fall Into Estate Planning!

It’s almost unbelievable that this Friday will be the first day of Fall! Although these unusually warm September days make it difficult to believe pumpkin-spice season is already here, chilled Autumn days will be blowing in quickly. Many of us will start settling in with heavy blankets and hot chocolate, and breaking bread over comforting [...]

Conservatorships and Guardianships: Who Can They Help?

When we think about guardianships and conservatorships, we often picture the elderly or minor children. But these protections aren’t just for assisting people at polar ends of the aging spectrum. Conservatorships and guardianships can be a solution for anyone of any age with dependency issues, disabilities, and/or mental illness. Opioid Nation: An American Epidemic Local [...]

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