Guardianships Protect Loved Ones Who Can't Care For Themselves

Adult guardianship provides legal authority to an individual often a family member to make decisions on behalf of an adult who can no longer make decisions on their own. This can be decisions regarding health care, how finances are handled, living arrangements and other important matters.

Often, guardianship can be avoided with advance planning. If a person establishes durable powers of attorney while they are still of sound mind, the issue of who is legally authorized to make decisions on their behalf is already established. Establishing guardianship or conservatorship can be an expensive process that requires court appearances and ongoing legal guidance.

The estate planning attorneys at Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C., can help families establish guardianship if a family member suffers from dementia, Alzheimer's or is comatose. Guardianships are also created when an adult child has special needs and may be combined with a special needs trust.

Advance Planning Can Reduce Stress

Often, guardianship becomes necessary when a family member suffers a medical setback that prevents them from making decisions independently. We prefer to plan ahead and help families have peace of mind by putting plans in place well in advance of needing to establish guardianship. It is more cost-effective and less stressful.

Guardians must adhere to court guidelines and report to the court annually about the care that is being provided and how costs are being covered.

Your Goals Become Ours

Our estate planning lawyers will take the time to carefully review your situation and tailor a plan that best accomplishes your objectives. We understand every family's situation is unique, so we steer clear of cookie-cutter approaches.

We invite you to call 920-831-0300 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We can answer your questions, review your situation and recommend an effective plan of action. We work with clients throughout Wisconsin from offices in Appleton and Green Bay.