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Guardianship of an Incapacitated or Disabled Adult

As we have learned in the last few posts, a guardianship is when someone asks the court to take care of another person who is unable to care for himself. The person is considered a ward who cannot make his own decisions regarding health, personal matters, living arrangements, and finances. There are several types of wards – a child under the age of 18 or an elderly person who is mentally or physically incapable of caring for herself. Our lawyer in Raleigh NC is here to discuss this matter further.

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In this post we are going to look at the guardianship of an adult who is of legal age but has a disability or developmental impairment that prevents him from making his own decisions. A person with a disability or impairment that needs a guardian may not have always needed help. A person could have been in a bad accident that caused a brain injury, or he or she could have had a stroke or other illness that changed their cognitive abilities.
In some cases the disability may not last, so the person may not need a guardian as he or she begins to recover. In other cases, the ward may only need help in certain areas so the guardian will be appointed limited responsibilities. The duties are decided upon by the court. This allows the ward to feel she has some say in her life and in what happens to her. In these cases, they are understood to facilitate the independence and self-reliance of the ward so that a loss of dignity does not occur. The ward is able to care for themselves and make as many decisions as possible while still having the guidance of a guardian.
If you have any questions about this matter or need to speak with our lawyer in Raleigh NC about guardianship, contact our office. Also be sure to visit back with our blog soon, as well will continue discussing this in detail.

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