DC and Maryland Adult Guardianship Attorney
ESTATE PLANNING, PROBATE & LITIGATION
If you or a loved one becomes disabled and cannot manage your own financial, health, or other personal affairs, what will you do? You know that it is essential to protect your finances and healthcare should you become unable to do so, and an adult guardianship may be the solution needed to make sure this happens.
With over 15 years of law experience, we at The Law Offices of Thomas Stahl can appreciate the dilemmas your loved ones may face should you become disabled or unable to care for yourself or make important life decisions. Our firm has helped many families find solutions to issues surrounding adult guardianship so that their vulnerable relative gets the protection they need for decision-making involving their personal life, medical care, and financial accounts.
How Does Adult Guardianship Work?
- There are no other alternatives available, like a financial power of attorney, and,
- A physician, social worker or psychologist, has determined this relative is disabled and cannot make responsible health care or financial decisions because of their impairment.
- Health care decisions
- Social interactions
Guardian of Property
- Property management
- Paying their creditors
- Applying them for government benefits
- Income collection
Guardian of both the Person and Property
How DC and Maryland Courts Make Guardianship Decisions
Ultimately, you will have to rely on your local court to decide whether your family member is disabled to the point they no longer have the legal capacity to handle their daily affairs. This determination is usually made based on submitted medical evidence provided by a qualified medical provider.
Typically, proving disability in these cases requires at least two doctors or a doctor and a certified clinical social worker to submit verification certificates regarding a disabled family member’s diagnosis. Certifications of this type play a significant role in a court determining if an individual is genuinely incapable of handling their own affairs. An experienced family law attorney can assist you in this delicate process and advise how to ensure your loved one has their best interests protected throughout the process.
Our Guardianship Attorneys Will Help You Take Care of Someone Else
Discussing the possibility of pursuing an adult guardianship action is a sensitive topic that can leave your vulnerable loved one angry or confused. Hiring our firm to assist you in this delicate process can help avoid these stressful conversations and promote peace of mind about their future. Contact The Law Offices of Thomas Stahl to learn more at (410) 696-4326 or (202) 964-7280, or reach us online to book your consultation today. Our skilled attorneys practice this law area every day and provide in-depth answers to your pressing questions regarding adult guardianship