Sometimes a person we care about becomes mentally incapacitated and is no longer able to make financial decisions or even to look after their basic needs. The legal team at Severide Law can help you to put into place the legal protection that your loved one needs. While the legalese can be difficult to understand (for example adult guardianship and committee appointment) what is most important is that you get the legal advice and representation that is needed in a timely and cost-efficient way.
When there is no family member or friend with legal authority to look after the person who has lost some of their memory and judgment, their quality of life can go quickly downhill: bills may go unpaid, their health care needs may not be met, and they may put themselves and others in unsafe situations. There is also the increased risk of being financially taken advantage of and losing their nest egg that is needed to pay their living and care costs as they age.
In cases like these, the only option available is to make a court application to be appointed as their legal guardian, or in legalese, to be appointed as the “Committee” of the finances and/or personal affairs of the incapacitated person.
The court application requires medical evidence that confirms the person’s mental incapacity, as well as relevant financial details and a basic plan for the proper care of the person and their finances.
Where Do You Start?
If you need advice on your options for looking after an incapacitated family member or friend, please contact our office to arrange an appointment with David Severide or Nat Olsson. We have the experience to recommend and provide the appropriate legal solution, and the compassion to ensure that it is the right solution for both you and the person you care about.