When a family member can no longer manage their own affairs and they did not create a power of attorney, May, Metzger & Zimmerman, L.L.P. can assist their loved ones in filing for legal guardianship. For clients in Lancaster County and throughout South Central Pennsylvania, guardianships allow one family member to make decisions for another who may be mentally disabled or incapacitated, protecting them from becoming a victim of fraud or theft. Contact our skilled Lancaster attorneys to discuss your family's need.
Establishing Legal Guardianship
A guardianship is intended to protect the legal and financial interests of someone who cannot manage their own affairs. The power to make legal decisions on their behalf has a significant impact on their lives and a legal guardian must be appointed by a judge. Our experienced guardianship lawyers are available to help clients through the guardianship process - from preparing all the paperwork needed to petition the court for guardianship, to presenting evidence and testimony detailing the reasons why the person in question requires their affairs to be managed.
Since guardianships can apply to minor children as well, the court will also consider the medical, educational, and daily living needs involved and how they will be secured. We also help clients with requests to appoint a guardian ad litem in divorces to represent the best interests of a child and other family law matters.
As someone's legal guardian, you have the responsibility to direct the affairs of your ward, including making medical decisions on their behalf, paying bills and investing money, and buying or selling property. In addition, you are required by law to file an annual report each tax year, and there are several other complex tax and financial concerns that must be addressed. We represent you as guardian by helping prepare and file all the related legal and financial information. Our extensive experience in estate planning and elder law helps us assist you in arranging fiduciary responsibility to act as trustees of your estate for the future financial protection of your ward.
Contact May, Metzger & Zimmerman
Our experienced lawyers have been assisting clients with their legal needs since 1929. We offer the communities we proudly serve a high level of knowledge and competence at a value that larger, city firms cannot afford to provide. Contact us at 717-536-4044 or 877-692-7081 (toll free) today and schedule a consultation to learn how we can help your family protect an incapacitated or disabled loved one.