Ensuring Your Loved One Is Cared for Properly

Watching an aging loved one struggle to make decisions can be heartbreaking. If you have parents or grandparents about whom you are concerned, establishing a guardianship is an option to consider. A guardianship allows you to make decisions on behalf of a loved one who is no longer able to do so on his or her own. A guardianship can also be created to care for developmentally disabled children and adults.

The process for establishing a guardianship in New Jersey is highly complex. Fortunately, the Essex County guardianship lawyers at A. Schancupp & Associates, L.L.C., have decades of experience and are ready to provide guidance. We understand the sensitive nature of guardianship proceedings. Preserving your loved one’s dignity is of primary concern to us. Further, the information you exchange with members of our firm is held in strict confidence.

Compassionate Essex County Lawyers

Based on our decades of experience, we strongly believe guardianships can be a useful way of preventing an elderly person from being taken advantage of. A guardianship allows a trusted family member to step up and take control of decision-making. Choosing the right guardian, however, can be difficult. Part of our representation involves providing honest advice and counsel to families as they go about choosing who will become the guardian of an elderly or disabled loved one.

Are There Guardianship Alternatives?

Guardianships can be expensive because they require court involvement and oversight. Some families find that their goals are better met through other means. Our firm will provide you with an honest opinion about whether a guardianship alternative may better fit your needs:

  • Powers of attorney: These documents are a cost-effective way to give someone else the power to make financial decisions on behalf of a loved one.
  • Advance health care directives: These documents allow a selected person to make health care decisions in the event of incapacitation.
  • Trusts: which allow a person to comprehensively plan for incapacitation

It is important to remember that the alternatives to guardianship must be established by the elderly person him or herself. In other words, someone who has lost mental capacity or is physically incapacitated cannot create these documents. In such a situation, a guardianship becomes the most viable tool to provide proper care.