How to Help Clients Appointed as Legal Guardian of an Older Adult
When a person becomes incapacitated and incapable of making responsible decisions, a legal guardian, or conservator, is appointed by the court to be a substitute decision-maker. It’s imperative that the guardian act in the best interest of this individual, the ward. Ultimately, they oversee the ward’s well-being.
As an elder law attorney, chances are you have some clients who are represented by a legal guardian. Being appointed a legal guardian of an older adult is a serious responsibility, and it’s crucial for you to advise these individuals as they navigate the process.
When working with a legal guardian, you’ll want to ensure they fully understand their responsibilities, which include:
- Maintaining fiduciary responsibility
- Keeping detailed records of anything spent or received on behalf of the ward
- Submitting reports accurately and on time
- Including the ward in decision making whenever possible
- Encouraging continued social interaction with the ward’s family and friends
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