Legal guardianship in Maryland
Everyone needs help now and then, especially as we get older. Estate planning is a process to help plan for the future, and carry out your wishes when you pass on.
For years I have helped clients create and manage their estate planning, including wills, trusts, and medical directives. An important concern for many people is caring for elderly loved ones or relatives no longer capable of making good decisions on their behalf—sometimes due to physical or mental illness. An individual appointed by a court to make important decisions for another is called a guardian.
A guardian may be appointed for a minor, disabled adult, or an aged adult to make decisions concerning medical treatment, living arrangements, or management of property and finances. Points to consider about guardianship include the following:
- Guardianship is a drastic measure taken only if no less restrictive option is available. Depriving an individual of his or her own authority, guardianship can have a humiliating effect on its subject, known thereafter as a ward.
- Guardianship is a process. Obtaining guardianship can take months, and may require a return to court if decisions needed are outside the scope of authority of an appointed guardian.
- Estate planning tools like advanced medical directives, appointment of a health care agent, or an individual acting as a surrogate decision maker can avoid the necessity of guardianship.
Guardianship is an important option when no other exists. If you have questions about guardianship, or estate planning, give us a call—everyone needs help now and then. Contact Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC today at (443) 589-0150 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Baltimore child custody lawyers or contact us online.