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Professional Handling Of Guardianship Cases

Helping a friend or family member who needs extra help taking care of their affairs can involve contacts with many different providers and professionals. You may need to talk with health care workers and care facilities, social service agencies and financial advisors. During these meetings you may be wondering what types of legal protection your loved one needs. You may also have questions about your own responsibilities when you are acting to safeguard their interests.

A Team Approach With An Individual Focus

We will work with you and your loved one to develop a management plan where all the members of their team are informed. We will also help develop a personalized strategy to ensure the needs of the vulnerable person are protected and respected. The Cleveland guardianship attorneys at Kathryn T. Joseph & Associates, Inc., have helped Ohio families with guardianship matters for nearly 25 years.

The Kathryn T. Joseph & Associates, Inc., law office takes a personal interest in each client. Our profound sympathy for your unique legal and human situation is one of the many positives that set our firm apart from larger, more impersonal practices. We insist on consistently keeping you informed about the sometimes imposing and confusing legal process, while answering all of your questions at every juncture of your case.

What Is A Guardianship?

Guardianship is defined as the appointment by a probate court of an individual, also known as the guardian, to make decisions on behalf of another, referred to as the ward, who is unable to make such decisions because they are either incompetent or are a minor child. Someone may be designated guardian of the person to manage personal affairs and health care, or guardian of the estate to manage the finances, or as guardian of both the person and estate. Usually the guardian is a family member or an attorney. Kathryn Joseph, Sarah Lukwinski-Shemo and Jeremy Ray regularly serve as a guardian for individuals in the Greater Cleveland area.

The probate court acts as the ultimate guardian and oversees the guardian's actions to assure that the ward's best interests are being served.

If your loved one has physical limitations that prevent them from taking care of their money or property, but they are competent to make important decisions on their own, a conservatorship is an option to consider. In a conservatorship, the physically infirm person retains the authority to make decisions.

Minor Guardianship

When parents are unable or unwilling to care for minor children, others often have to step into the breach: grandparents, aunts, or uncles, for instance. The legal guardianship attorneys at Kathryn T. Joseph & Associates, Inc., can make sure that these kinds of relationships are recognized under the law. We can also help you decide if it is necessary to set up a special needs trust to help care for the ward.

Experienced Cuyahoga County Children And Vulnerable Adults Protection Lawyer Ready To Help

Our offices in Cleveland are available to you at any time of day or year. We will promptly return after-hours calls and schedule your initial consultation at a time that meets your busy schedule. Contact our law firm to schedule an initial consultation. We want to hear about your legal situation and we have been assisting Ohioans with these matters for nearly 25 years. Call us toll free 216-245-0504.