Guardianship

If an adult is no longer able to make decisions on his or her own, a guardian may be appointed to make decisions for the incapacitated person. Only a judge can decide that a person is incapacitated and appoint a guardian to act on that person’s behalf.

At Applegate and Dillman Elder Law, we show you ways to name a guardian in advance to act on your behalf if you become incapacitated. In this way, you can ensure a person of your choosing will serve as your guardian. Of course, advanced planning is not always possible. We also represent individuals and families in guardianship court proceedings. Our attorneys’ litigation experience has proven particularly valuable to our clients in this area.

Contact our Indiana guardianship attorneys today to discuss your particular needs and goals.

Not sure if guardianship is the right choice?

Use this check list to decide if you should explore guardianship. Guardianship may be for you if your loved one:

  • Exhibits signs of cognitive decline
  • Is unable to make decisions themselves
  • Has no valid POA (Powers of Attorney)
  • Has self-prepared documents (POA)
  • Had documents prepared online or by template

If any of the above circumstances apply to your loved one, it is important to explore your options with an attorney.

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