There are a number of situations in which people decide to set up a guardianship, such as someone who is no longer able to take care of themselves due to an age-related condition or a mental disability. However, some people can find themselves in this position unexpectedly and with no warning. For example, someone may be struck by a drunk driver and seriously hurt. In fact, the injuries they sustain in a car accident may completely derail their life, such as those who are in a coma. If one of your loved ones is going through this, moving forward with guardianship may be helpful.
On this blog, some of the advantages of guardianships have been covered, as well as instances when establishing guardianship is necessary. From adults who are struggling with a disability that has left them incapacitated to young children, there are a number of times when establishing guardianship is the best way to move forward. If you have decided to set up a guardianship, it is important to make sure that you take the right approach to the entire process. After all, with so much at stake, it is essential to do what you can to prevent unnecessary problems and help protect your loved one.
There are many considerations that people have when it comes to setting up a power of attorney, from finding the most suitable candidate to revoking a power of attorney (both of these topics have been addressed in previous posts on this blog). However, some people may need to help a loved one set up a power of attorney, whether they need support from someone they trust or you want to make sure that their interests are protected. Regardless of the reasons why a power of attorney is necessary, it is critical to approach the process correctly.
Your parent has taken steps to create an estate plan. However, he or she has recently discussed these documents with you, and you now have concerns that they are not really legal in New Jersey, particularly when it comes to the durable power of attorney.
When a spouse or a loved one passes on, most families must begin a legal process called probate. Probate procedures help distribute the deceased person's estate and debts to heirs and designated beneficiaries.