Maryland and Washington, D.C., Guardianship Lawyers
A guardianship gives one individual the authority and responsibility to act positively on behalf of an incapacitated person. Guardianships can be established to care for an incapacitated adult or a minor child.
Establishing a guardianship is a court process that has strict requirements. An attorney can assist you in navigating those requirements, by collecting the necessary information and preparing the necessary paperwork. To learn more about setting up a guardianship for a minor child or loved one, contact one of our attorneys today.
Who Needs a Guardian?
The two most common reasons to establish a guardianship are:
- To protect the interests of an elderly individual — A guardianship can be established to protect the personal, medical, and financial interests of an elderly individual who is deemed incompetent. When family is unable to provide this type of assistance, a trusted friend, neighbor, or even an attorney can be appointed guardian.
- To protect the interests of a minor child — When parents are unable to provide care for a child, designating a guardian of a minor child may become necessary. Once appointed, the guardian has the legal authority and responsibility to act in the best interests of the child and make decisions that benefit the welfare of the child.
In Maryland, there are two guardianship designations: Guardian of the person, and guardian of the property. In Washington, D.C., the designations are guardian or conservator.
The process of establishing a guardianship can be daunting. There are many statutory requirements that must be met, and the process as a whole is very document-heavy. It is important to work with an experienced attorney in completing the process.
If you are looking for a trusted source to protect the interests of a family member or loved one in Maryland or the Washington, D.C., the lawyers of Cohen & Hertz, PC., can assist you in having a guardian appointed in serving as a guardian, if needed. Contact our firm for more information about our guardianship services.
Contact a Maryland and Washington, D.C. Elder Law Attorney
For more information about guardianship in Maryland or Washington, D.C., contact our law firm today. Ask about an initial phone consultation.