Using Guardianship To Protect Your Future

Have you considered what will happen to a loved one if he or she becomes incapacitated? Do you know who will care for him or her? What about for yourself?

Thinking about the possibility of incapacitation is not easy — but it is important. At The Johnson Firm, P.C. in Richardson, Texas, we understand that it can be difficult to have certain conversations with your loved ones, and we are here to help you through it. We can help you establish guardianship for an elderly loved one or make plans for yourself.

What Is Guardianship?

Guardianship allows you to appoint a person to serve as your legal guardian in case you become incapacitated. A guardian will be legally allowed to handle your affairs and make important decisions on your behalf. Depending on your needs, your guardian may be able to make medical care decisions, financial decisions and others for you.

When Should You Appoint A Guardian?

The best time to appoint a guardian is before you need one. If you are in good health and are capable of making decisions for yourself, it is worthwhile to consider naming someone to be your legal guardian should you ever become incapacitated. Waiting until you can no longer make decisions for yourself is not an option.

What Happens If You Don't Have One?

If you do not appoint a guardian for yourself or a loved one and you or your loved one suddenly becomes incapacitated, you have few options. At that point, the court will be responsible for naming a legal guardian — not you. Leaving this decision up to the courts can lead to serious problems and conflicts. It is best to decide in advance.

How We Can Help

Our attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience. We know how to ensure that your paperwork for guardianship is properly filed and will be upheld by a court. We can also provide guidance about choosing the right person to be your legal guardian.

Let Our Family Help Yours

Our father-daughter team of attorneys is here to help you through this important aspect of elder law. In your first consultation, we can answer your questions and help you better understand your options. Call us at 972-364-7176 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.