Guardianship involves providing care and support for someone who can not do so for themselves. Parents are typically the guardians of their children, although other people can also serve a guardianship role.
Parents name guardians in their estate plans so that someone can take care of their children in case they die before their kids are grown. Those concerned about the welfare of older adults can also pursue a guardianship to make sure that vulnerable adults have the support and care they need to stay safe.
People sometimes choose to seek guardianship over their children with special needs when those children become adults. People may seek guardianship over siblings who suffer from debilitating medical conditions and even parents will begin to the due to age. What should you know about guardianship for an adult in Ohio?
The probate courts make one person legally responsible for another
Getting a guardianship in Ohio requires that you go to a probate court. The court will review evidence that the person in question is not capable of handling their own affairs. If the judge agrees that the person lacks testamentary capacity, they will name someone as guardian. That guardian will assume responsibility for the needs and decisions of the ward.
What does a guardian do?
Guardians may control the living circumstances of their wards. They often provide shelter or decide what facility is best for a loved one with special needs. A guardian can make decisions about medical care, financial resources and even education and enrichment programs.
Guardians have an obligation to act in the best interests of their wards and to file paperwork periodically with the Ohio probate courts to explain what actions they have taken and update the courts on the condition of their ward.
Seeking a guardianship can protect vulnerable adults, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. Understanding what is necessary for an Ohio guardianship can help you navigate this process properly. An experienced attorney can provide you with guidance.