Illness or accident can strike without warning, leaving even the most capable and resourceful person disabled or incapacitated to the extent that the individual is unable to make responsible decisions for him or herself. Under such circumstances, guardians are often appointed through a court proceeding to act on the disabled person’s behalf. Additionally, guardianship may be necessary to act on behalf of a minor child, or developmentally disabled adult who is unable to act in his or her own best interests.
A guardianship is a powerful legal process where a trustworthy person is given the authority to exercise control over a person’s health, finances, assets, and welfare. Therefore, appointing a Guardian for an adult is not taken lightly by the court, and is only approved after less restrictive alternatives have been attempted. However, when it becomes necessary to protect an individual by appointing a Guardian to act in the person’s interest, Ms. Raxter provides capable assistance to the family and friends of the disabled individual. Ms. Raxter is available to draft the legal documents required, including the petition to request a guardianship appointment and the supporting facts that justify the appointment. Additionally, Ms. Raxter provides guidance to the Guardian to comply with the reporting requirements after the appointment has been made.