What is a Guardianship?

A Guardianship gives an individual the legal authority to have custody of, protect and/or manage the assets and property of another. Guardianships come in many forms. A guardianship can be over a person, estate or both. It can also be limited, emergency, temporary or indefinite. Guardianship proceedings take place in Probate Court.

A guardianship can be necessary for a minor child if the parents are unable to provide care for the child or the child has inherited a significant sum of money and it is necessary for someone other than the parent to manage those funds. A guardianship can also become necessary in the case of an elderly individual who can no longer manage his or her affairs. With a proper Financial Power of Attorney and Health Care Power of Attorney, a Guardianship for the elderly can usually be avoided.

Contact guardianship & probate attorneys you can trust

The Perla Law Firm, located in Cleveland, Ohio, can help guide you through the Guardianship process. Contact our attorneys today to discuss guardianships and other elder law matters.