When it matters to concerning elderly law, there needs to be sensitivity and care taken with each case because they deal with the senior population and important assets. Not only that, but a lot of it has to do with ensuring you have the necessary planning moving forward.
For the elderly, regardless of how youthful and healthy you may be, there’s no time that’s too early to start considering the plan for your health as you start to get older. One thing that is often not considered is elderly guardianship. Understanding what this is and the benefits is important.
What Does Elderly Guardianship Do?
As individuals get older, they may designate an individual who would be considered a guardian. This person is responsible when the elderly individual is no longer able to care for themselves or make decisions regarding their health.
For instance, if someone is suffering from a serious condition such as Alzheimer’s, they may not be able to make decisions on their own regarding health and finance. The guardian chosen would then be responsible for making these decisions to ensure proper healthcare.
Pros and Cons of Elderly Guardianship
Most of the time, the elderly party has a guardian who is focused on the interests of the elderly person. This means ensuring proper care is provided. However, if there are issues regarding guardianship and the guardian may fail to act in the best interest of the elderly party.
This makes it increasingly important for the elderly person to petition for someone they trust to be appointed as a guardian. This is most often one of the elderly person’s children or a close family member or friend.
Regardless of age, designating a guardian now can be a decision that can save your family some of the pain and confusion when it comes to making certain decisions, especially when family members disagree regarding the best interests of the elderly person.
At Auten & Willingham, P.C., we understand that thinking about deteriorating health is never a fun thing to do. However, it’s often necessary to help protect your best interests. If you need help with elderly guardianship, our Carrollton elder law lawyers may be able to help.
Call our firm today at (214) 643-8757 and learn how we may be able to help.