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A Guardianship is the process by which an individual or qualified entity obtains court authority to protect the rights or the property of an individual who has been determined by the court to be unable to provide for his person or to manage his property or financial affairs.
Guardianships are useful in many circumstances. For the parent or relative of a person over eighteen (18) years of age and having a developmental disability, a guardianship will allow the parent or relative to gain control, authority and protection over that individual. This is especially important with regard to medical issues and the guardian's ability to give informed consent for medical treatment for the disabled person. Pate Law Office is experienced in handling guardianships and conservatorships and is always looking for the best way to resolve family conflicts in a way that makes sense to all family stakeholders.