Estate Planning Attorneys in California Assisting Individuals and Families With Naming a Guardian

If you have a loved one who is disabled or ill, the decision to establish a guardianship can be challenging and stressful. Managing the finances of an individual who is disabled or ill can be a complex and challenging process. However, with a guardianship in place, the guardian can ensure that financial decisions are made, medical decisions are made, and that the individual is cared for.

Without a guardianship in place, it can be difficult to make medical or financial decisions on behalf of an adult. Individuals might establish guardianships if a person has a progressive illness. Others might need to establish a guardianship if a person becomes ill or disabled and is unable to care for themselves. Additionally, California courts have strict standards in place regarding the establishment of guardianships. Kevin Jamison Law, PC can help you review your options for guardianship and assist you in making the best choice for yourself or your loved ones.

How Guardianship Can Protect the Rights of the Disabled

Disabled and ill individuals have special needs. When a person is disabled or incapacitated, he or she may have difficulty managing his or her estate and assets. This is where a guardianship comes in.

A guardian is a person appointed by the courts who will have responsibility for making decisions on behalf of an incapacitated individual, including decisions related to health and finance. The courts set a high standard to establish a guardianship to prevent abuse. Individuals give up important rights to manage their own affairs once a guardianship has been established. Because of this, it is important to understand the criteria for being a guardian, finding a qualified guardian or establishing a guardianship. KJ Law’s team can help you navigate this process as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Guardianship and Medicaid

If your loved one is disabled or ill, he or she may be receiving certain types of government aid, including Medicaid. However, if your loved one has property or money, he or she may be denied these important benefits until he or she spends all the money in the estate. In order to prevent this process from unfolding, some families establish guardianships on behalf of their loved ones. With a guardianship in place, families can pay for a loved one’s rent, food, and other necessities, without jeopardizing your loved one’s access to Medicaid and other government services.  

Questions About Guardianship? Contact a California Estate Planning Attorney Today

If you are considering establishing guardianship for yourself or an incapacitated loved one, KJ Law’s team is ready to assist you. Call (626) 314-1830 or contact us online to learn more about your options. For your convenience, house calls and after-hours appointments are available.