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Comprehensive Legal Support For Guardianships

A guardianship is a legal relationship in which the court appoints one person (the guardian) to care for and make decisions for another person (the ward). Guardians are typically selected for people who cannot care for themselves due to a mental or physical disability.

At Telpner Peterson Law Firm, LLP, our caring attorneys understand that becoming a guardian can be difficult, especially if you are unfamiliar with the legal process. That’s why we offer comprehensive guardianship and estate planning services to help you through the process.

Responsibilities Of A Guardian

The responsibilities of a guardian vary depending on the specific needs of the ward. However, in general, guardians are responsible for providing for the ward’s physical and emotional needs, making decisions about the ward’s care and managing the ward’s finances.

Who Can Become A Guardian?

Anyone willing and able to care for a ward can become a guardian. However, the court will typically consider the following factors when appointing a guardian:

  • The guardian’s relationship to the ward
  • The guardian’s ability to care for the ward’s needs
  • The guardian’s willingness to take on the responsibility of being a guardian

Becoming a guardian is an important role that can impact the life of the ward and the guardian. It is to learn the details of the position so that you can support your loved one.

How Are Guardians Appointed?

The court typically appoints guardianships. However, sometimes, a guardian can be appointed by a parent or other family member.

Can I Appoint A Guardian For Someone Else?

Yes, you can appoint a guardian for someone else. This is called “pre-need guardianship.” A pre-need guardianship is a legal document that specifies someone to be your guardian in case you become incapacitated.

Talk To An Attorney

If you are considering becoming a guardian or needing help appointing a guardian for someone else, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your options. We will work with you to create a plan that meets the needs of the ward and the guardian. Call the lawyers at Telpner Peterson Law Firm, LLP, at 712-309-3738 to make an appointment in our Council Bluffs office. You can also contact us online.