In the state of Indiana, guardianship is defined as a probate court’s appointment of an individual, also known as a guardian, to make decisions on behalf of another, called the ward, who is unable to make certain decisions because he or she is either incapacitated or is a minor child. Someone may be designated guardian of the person to manage personal affairs, health care, or guardian of the estate to manage the finances, or both. In this way, a guardianship is an estate overseen by the probate court for management of the personal care, the property or both of a minor child or incapacitated adult.
In the case of minor children where both parents die unexpectedly or become unable to care for their children, it is not uncommon that disputes can arise over appointment of a guardian for the children, even if the parents have properly named a guardian in their wills. Family may try to interfere with the choices made by the incapacitated or deceased parent of the children. In any event, even the named guardian will need the assistance of an attorney to file their petition for guardianship with the probate court. If you need help navigating these murky waters, contact Attorney Barbara J. Baird for assistance.
Other disputes can arise over the ability of elderly individuals to manage their affairs and the need for a guardianship. Attorney Barbara J. Baird can help you assess the situation. Indiana guardianship lawyer Barbara J. Baird has the skill and experience you need to represent you in these often emotional and difficult guardianship cases.
Contact Attorney Baird at her Indianapolis office at (317) 426-9334 to begin discussing your guardianship case today.
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