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Elder Law

Guardianships – New York Elder Law

In the event a loved one becomes unable to make his or her own personal and financial decisions and no other alternatives are available, an experienced Littman Krooks New York or Westchester Guardianship attorney will assist in all aspects of a Guardianship proceeding. A Littman Krooks New York, White Plains or Fishkill Guardianship attorney will file the petition for Guardianship, prepare all reports and documents required by law and explain the duties of the guardian.

A guardian is typically a family member or a close friend who will make decisions regarding health care, personal affairs and financial matters, including:

  • living arrangements;
  • routine medical treatment;
  • collecting and investing your assets;
  • spending income on any of your needs; and
  • protecting your assets for you to maximize government benefits

When properly used, a guardianship provides continuing care and management to those who need help with certain personal and financial matters. The continued court involvement provides added protection to everyone involved.

How an experienced Littman Krooks New York Elder Law or White Plains or Fishkill Guardianship attorney can help.

If you are a Guardian, an experienced Littman Krooks Manhattan, White Plains or Fishkill attorney will:

  • explain the guardianship process and your duties as a Guardian
  • prepare the necessary reports required by law
  • file a petition seeking an expansion of the Guardian’s powers
  • represent your interests in court

If you are seeking to be appointed as a Guardian for a loved one, an experienced Littman Krooks New York, Westchester or Dutchess Guardianship attorney will:

  • explain the guardianship process and his/her duties to the Guardian
  • also prepare and file a petition for guardianship

If you had a Guardian appointed for you, an experienced Littman Krooks Manhattan, Westchester or Dutchess Guardianship attorney will:

  • explain the guardianship process and the duties of the appointed Guardian
  • prepare and file the appropriate documents to ensure that the authority of the Guardian is no more intrusive than necessary and to ensure that you may participate as fully as possible in the decision-making process

If you had a Guardian appointed for you and you do not want a Guardian:

  • prepare and file the appropriate documents to challenge a petition for guardianship
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