If you have a parent who you think is in need of guardianship, you’ll need to obtain a physician’s certificate or doctor’s letter. After an application is filed, the court will then go through its standard guardianship proceedings to determine whether you are fit to be a guardian.
Here are five general steps to follow to get someone declared legally incompetent:
You can establish guardianship of a child by filing papers in court. Initially, file a petition stating your interest in obtaining guardianship along with a filing fee. You’ll also want to file a letter of consent from the child’s parents.
Guardianship and administrators A guardian (who could be a family member or friend), is a substitute decision maker who may make lifestyle decisions, such as where a person should live, as well as give their consent to medical, dental and health care services generally.
In most cases, power of attorney is preferred to legal guardianship because more control is retained by the person being protected. However, if court supervision is needed, guardianship may be more appropriate. Guardianship also gives the guardian court-ordered authority that third parties, like banks, must recognize.
Mental incompetence is the inability of a person to make or carry out important decisions regarding his or her affairs. An individual is defined as mentally incompetent if h/she is manifestly psychotic or otherwise of unsound mind, either consistently or sporadically, by reason of mental defect.
Elderly guardianship, also known as elderly conservatorship, is a legal relationship created when a court appoints an individual to care for an elderly person who is no longer able to care for himself or herself. The appointed guardian has certain duties and responsibilities to the elderly person.
How to File for Legal Guardianship
A power of attorney and a guardianship are tools that help someone act in your stead if you become incapacitated. With a power of attorney, you choose who you want to act for you. In a guardianship proceeding, the court chooses who will act as guardian.
A person may need a guardian if they have trouble making healthcare, lifestyle and medical decisions on their own because of a decision-making disability and there are decisions that need to be made and: they do not have family, friends or a carer to support them to support them in their decision-making.
A legal guardian can make a wide range of personal and medical decisions for the person in their care while a conservatorship generally grants much more limited decision-making powers. A conservator usually only has the authority to pay bills, make investments, and handle other financial matters.
Generally speaking, a guardian is not personally responsible for the ward’s (person being taken care of) debts or bills. The guardian has a duty of care to ensure that all bills are paid on time, but if there are no assets to cover the ward’s liabilities then the guardian’s responsibility stops there.