Establishing guardianship for an adult can be a complicated process. The court system does not take removing a person’s autonomy and control over his or her own decisions lightly – nor should it. But when a loved one is struggling and needs someone to protect them from harm, it is essential you take action and have an attorney on your side to help you with the process of guardianship in Lakewood, CO.

Rose Mary Zapor can help.

When is Guardianship Appropriate?

If an adult becomes incapable of making responsible decisions because of a mental disability or illness, the court has the authority to appoint a substitute decision maker. This person is called a guardian.

Guardianship is a legal relationship that turns over power to the guardian to make legal, financial, and health care decisions for the ward. Depending on the terms of the guardianship, the guardian may or may not need to seek court approval for various decisions once the assignment is established. The arrangement might be permanent or temporary and possibly reviewable or renewable.

Because guardianship involves a profound loss of freedom and dignity, the law requires that guardianship be imposed only in the most extreme situations. In most cases, the court will first consider less restrictive alternatives, such as a power of attorney. If these methods fail, guardianship will be considered.

If you would like to know more about guardianship or a situation in your life has raised questions of guardianship, Rose Mary can help. Contact her to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.