Coral Gables Guardianship Lawyer
Assisting Clients with Their Important Guardianship Needs
A guardian is appointed by the court to make important financial and/or personal decisions for a minor child or for an adult who is suffering from physical or mental disabilities. Whether you have been appointed as a guardian or someone you love is in need of one, the legal team at Gautier & Hasty, P.L. is here to help. We understand that this can be a very overwhelming and even emotional time in a person's life and we are determined to put our 50 years of experience to work for you. The most important aspect to focus on is the best interests of the minor child or incapacitated adult who is in need of a guardian.
Two Different Types of Guardianships in Miami, FL
There are two different types of guardianships: one for an adult that becomes incapacitated or disabled and one for a minor child whose parents are unable or unwilling to take care of them.
- Minor Child: When the parent(s) of a minor child pass away or become financially or physically unable to take care of them, a guardianship is needed. Oftentimes, the guardian will be held responsible for making both financial and personal decisions for the child. These decisions can range anywhere from their daily meals to where they will live and what school they will attend.
- Incapacitated or Disabled Individual: When an adult becomes disabled or incapacitated and is unable to make important decisions, a guardian is then appointed to step in. A guardianship is only appropriate during circumstances in which other less restrictive alternatives are not set in place such as a health care surrogate, durable power of attorney, trust or any other type of health care directive.
Both types of guardianships are established so that the individuals get the proper care they need and so that someone can step in and make the necessary and appropriate decisions for them.
Are you interested in learning more about guardianships?
The role as an appointed guardian comes with a lot of responsibilities. If you have been chosen to take on this daunting task or someone you love is in desperate need of a permanent guardian, it is important that you discuss your concerns with an estate planning attorney at your earliest convenience. At Gautier & Hasty, it is our goal to equip clients with the information and resources they need to properly care for the individual they are caring for. Let us help you address your important legal matters, face the court and ensure that their best interests remain the upmost priority. Do not hesitate to contact a Coral Gables estate planning attorney from our firm and get started with a free consultation!