Dedicated Guardianship Lawyers in Oakville & Georgetown
When it comes to the potential for mental incapacity, advanced planning is always ideal. However, sometimes the unthinkable occurs before arrangements can be made, rendering a loved one unable to manage their property and/or care and without a person in place to make decisions on their behalf. When a person becomes incapacitated without a Power of Attorney in place, the right to make decisions on their behalf defaults to the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT).
An application to replace the PGT as guardian under the Substitute Decisions Act may become necessary in such cases; this can be an emotional and overwhelming task for the applicant. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to guide you through this process with care and compassion.
The lawyers at Sweatman Law are experienced with the guardianship application process. We will help you navigate it as efficiently as possible to minimize stress on you and your family.
The Duties and Responsibilities of a Guardian
Like an Estate Trustee, a guardian is required to keep detailed records of the incapacitated person’s finances and may be required to pass accounts. In addition, the guardian may be tasked with making critical medical decisions while keeping the best interests and last known wishes of the incapacitated person in mind.
Once you have decided to proceed with an application, our lawyers will work to assist you through the process, which involves preparing documentation, including a management plan, guardianship plan, various consent forms, and evidence of incapacity. We will prepare you in advance to know what to expect, and we will outline the process for you step by step to avoid unnecessary delays.
Guardianship Applications as a Challenge to an Existing Power of Attorney
Suppose you have a loved one who is incapacitated and you believe that their attorney for property or care is not looking out for their best interests. In that case, it is possible to apply for guardianship to take over the management of your loved one’s affairs.
We can advise you on the best course of action for your unique situation and assist you with the application process if you choose to proceed.
Contact Our Estate Planning Lawyers At Our Oakville or Georgetown Office
To learn more about Guardianship and how we can help you, contact Sweatman Law Firm online. Our estate planning lawyers are committed to representing clients in Oakville, Milton, Georgetown, and throughout Halton Region.