A Complete Guide to Adult Guardianship In Georgia
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What Is an Adult Guardianship?
If you have a loved one who is unable to handle their own affairs, you may be able to petition the court for adult guardianship. Learn more here.
According to statistics from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), there are nearly 1.3 million adult guardianship cases in the United States, with approximately $50 billion of assets under management by court-appointed fiduciaries. The state of Georgia provides court-supervised fiduciary appointment to serve the needs of individuals who lack the capacity to manage their own affairs. Unfortunately, a lot of Americans are unaware of how guardianship can help older adults and people with disabilities.
Guardianship is a probate court appointment of a person (guardian) to protect, support, make decisions, and oversee the affairs of an adult who has lost sufficient capacity to communicate important decisions or unable to make crucial decisions regarding their finances, personal needs, and general well-being. In Georgia, a guardian may be appointed by the probate court to care for the personal needs and manage the affairs of an older adult or incapacitated person.
At Perigon Legal Services, we have the experience and resources to guide and assist clients through the process of establishing guardianship and durable power of attorney. As your legal counsel, we can review your unique circumstances and offer you the detailed legal counsel and strong advocacy you need to appoint a guardian for an older or disabled adult. Even if you have been appointed as a guardian, our Georgia estate planning attorneys can educate you about your roles and responsibilities, and outline a checklist to help you perform your expected duties.
Guardianship of an Adult In Georgia
Guardianship is one of the available options through which parents can plan for the personal or health care of an adult child or incapacitated person in their absence. It is a fiduciary relationship established by probate court.
During guardianship, the court grants a guardian the legal authority, power, and duty to make crucial decisions about an older or incapacitated adult’s personal and financial affairs, when they are unable to make such decisions by themselves. Once guardianship is approved, the older or incapacitated adult becomes the “ward.”
Georgia Adult Guardianship Forms
In the state of Georgia, adult guardianship forms are a set of court forms that are usually used in the case where an adult becomes incapacitated due to a medical illness, accident, or death.
The guardianship form is used to determine who will care for an adult who:
- Is mentally incompetent
- Has lost the capacity to make crucial decisions for themselves
- Is unable to communicate significant responsible decisions regarding their personal health or safety
If you are seeking guardianship of an adult loved one in Georgia, the attorneys at Perigon Legal Services can help take care of any necessary forms and ensure that they are filled and filed properly for the best possible outcome.
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