A guardianship is granted when a person over the age of eighteen years suffers from mental illness, mental deficiency or any other condition or affliction that would make them unable to make sound decisions for themselves. In these instances, the court appoints a guardian over the other person, who is referred to as the “ward.” The guardian will usually be authorized by the courts to make a number of life decisions for the ward, such as the location of his or her residence and the type of medical attention that’s required.
Because of the limitations on the rights of the ward, guardianships are designed to encourage the development of maximum self-reliance and independence in the ward and shall be ordered only to the extent necessitated by the person’s actual and adaptive limitations. In other words, the courts want to convey the least amount of authority necessary to the guardian over the ward. That’s why you may need the services of an experienced Atlanta area attorney to make sure that the appropriate authority is awarded.
If you are a Georgia resident in the Cumming area seeking guardianship over an incapacitated adult, you are going to require a professional and reputable attorney—one who understands both the legal and emotional aspects involved in this type of action. Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC has years of experience handling guardianships in the greater Atlanta area. They can help you in any of the following situations:
- You require a guardianship over an adult that you believe is mentally incompetent, mentally ill, or has some other condition that diminishes his or her capabilities.
- You have an existing guardianship, but your ward's condition has improved or worsened and you need to modify the court's existing parameters.
- Due to a full or nearly full recovery, your ward no longer requires you to act as a guardian.
If you are seeking a guardianship, or need your guardianship order modified or terminated call our guardianship attorneys today. We will evaluate your case and take you through the process step by step. Please contact our office in Cumming, Georgia at (770) 781-4100 or access our simple contact form here.