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. It is a good idea to speak with a guardianship and probate lawyer to discuss all of these factors depending on your situation.

Contact guardianship & probate lawyers you can trust in Cleveland

The Cleveland-based Perla Law Firm (located in Cleveland, Ohio) can help guide you through the Guardianship process. Contact our lawyers today to discuss guardianships and other Probate matters.