Caring For Your Loved One Through Guardianship

Life is full of difficult transitions, and few of us ever feel ready to become caretakers for our aging parents. Yet for most Americans, this is a real possibility. If your parent or another loved one has become incapacitated and can no longer make decisions for himself or herself, you may need to pursue legal decision-making authority through a petition for guardianship.

I'm Terrence M. McGrath, and I understand the difficulties that you are facing. As a lawyer with nearly three decades of experience, I will guide you through the guardianship process and ensure that you have the tools and resources necessary to be an effective steward of your loved one's safety and personal affairs.

Guardianships

Understand The Different Roles Of A Guardian

In Maryland, guardianship is awarded in cases where an adult lacks the mental capacity to make or communicate important decisions. Many cases arise due to diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia, but there are numerous scenarios under which guardianship may be sought and granted.

There are two types of guardianship. If you have been granted guardianship of the person, you have the power to make important medical, health care and personal care decisions on behalf of someone else. Guardianship of the property, on the other hand, gives you authority over decisions pertaining to your loved one's property and finances.

Oftentimes, one person may fulfill both roles, but this isn't always the case. There are instances in which the incapacitated adult only needs assistance with financial decisions or health care decisions, but not both. In other cases, two trusted adults will each be granted one of the guardianship roles to make the work more manageable.

How An Experienced Attorney Can Help You

I am ready to guide you in petitioning the court for guardianship, including petitions on an emergency basis. We may be asked to provide evidence as to why a guardianship is needed and why you would be an appropriate person to take on the responsibility.

Once the guardianship has been established, I can also serve as a resource as you fulfill the administrative duties assigned to you. Guardianship requires annual reporting to the court, among other responsibilities. I will make sure that all requirements are met, thoroughly and in a timely fashion.

Contact Me To Discuss Your Legal Options And Get Your Questions Answered

The Law Offices of Terrence M. McGrath, LLC, serves clients in Greenbelt and surrounding Maryland communities. To learn more about how I can help you and your family, call me at 301-363-7136. You can also contact me via email.