Legal guardians are adult representatives who agree to assume legal responsibility for another person’s financial and property concerns and interests. Where a person becomes disabled or incapacitated and is otherwise no longer able to take care of their personal and financial affairs, a family member, friend or other concerned person or entity can petition the court for the appointment of a guardian. The court will conduct a hearing and other proceedings to determine whether the appointment of a guardian is necessary. The court may appoint a family member or friend or it may appoint an independent professional guardian, depending on the circumstances.
Parents can appoint a guardian for minor children to care for the children, should something happen to the parents. Likewise, an adult individual can appoint someone to be their guardian in the future should such a need arise.
The area of law dealing with guardianship is complicated. Meenan & Associates understands the laws governed by Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law and has a proven reputation for effectively assisting individuals with guardianship matters.
Furthermore, Meenan & Associates understands that guardians are held to a very high standard of conduct and must adhere to the court’s financial reporting requirements and other ethical considerations. One of the most complex aspects of the guardian’s responsibilities is accounting to the court, which can be equally overwhelming for both lay persons and professional guardians alike. Meenan & Associates can provide effective assistance in these matters.
Guardians may also require legal representation to deal with other issues which may arise, for example, financial exploitation, relocation from a nursing home back to the community, elder abuse, the sale of real property, or modification of the guardianship powers.
Meenan & Associates is experienced in dealing with all phases of guardianship, including litigation in a guardianship context, and have the necessary skills and knowledge to guide and assist families and guardians through the process.