We Can Help You Take Steps To Help Your Loved Ones
There are times when a loved one may not be able to care for himself or herself, and you may need to step in and provide the support he or she needs. At Miller, Earle & Shanks, PLLC, we help families in Harrisonburg and throughout Virginia seek guardianship to allow them to protect and assist their loved ones.
When Is Guardianship Necessary?
Guardianship is often an issue involving an elderly adult who cannot meet his or her own basic needs, such as taking medication, making financial decisions and driving. This may be due to a physical disability or a mental incapacity, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. If your loved one is in this situation and does not have medical directives, such as a health care or durable power of attorney, you may be able to seek guardianship.
If you believe this is in the best interests of your loved one, you will have to petition the court to designate you as legal guardian. Upon receiving this designation, you will then have the legal authority to handle money, medical decisions and other important matters for your family member. This is often a compassionate way to care for aging loved ones or minor family members who have no one else to care for them.
The Guidance Your Family Needs
We can assist you with the petition for guardianship, as well as help you with the required accountings you will have to give once you are acting as guardian. Contact our office by email or by phone at 540-564-1555 for help from a guardianship lawyer.