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Family and estate planning focus: legal guardianships

Not every person in Ohio or elsewhere is capable of taking care of himself or herself at every juncture of life, or has an adult standing at the ready to do so (as in the common case of parents acting in the best interests of a child).

A material change in life might leave a minor without parents or other family members who can act as caregivers and decision makers, for example. Older persons sometimes become mentally incapacitated to the point where they absolutely must have steady input from someone they can rely upon. A physical disability can easily foster the same level of dependence, as can an ongoing drug/alcohol problem or a host of other variables.

Laws in every state, including Ohio, provide for that possibility, with guardianship statutes setting forth the responsibilities, duties and powers assumed by an individual (or sometimes a corporate actor) who is tasked with taking on the role of a guardian.

It is a decided understatement to note, as does one online overview of the guardianship process, that selecting a guardian "is an extremely important task." After all, it is an imperative that a guardian fully understand the general or specific needs of a so-called "ward" and always act in his or her best interests.

The practiced attorneys at Gottschlich & Portune in Dayton provide a broad range of guardian-related legal services to Ohioans who need them, with it being duly noted on a relevant page of our website that the firm's lawyers "have extensive experience in the area of establishing guardianships for both minors and adults."

We welcome contacts to the firm concerning guardianship-focused questions and concerns, as well as the opportunity to bring our experience to bear on behalf of clients in this important legal sphere.

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