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Guardianship & Conservatorship Lawyers in Fishers

Efficient Representation for Complex Legal Matters

When it becomes necessary for someone to assume responsibility for the care of a child or an adult, a guardian may be appointed. The Fishers guardianship and conservatorship attorneys at Massillamany Jeter & Carson understand the rules for guardians and the legal process for appointing a guardian. With over 50 years of combined legal experience, we can provide assistance for situations involving guardianships and conservatorships.

Learn about the process and have your questions answered in a free consultation. Call (317) 434-1490 to arrange an appointment.

When Guardianship is Necessary

Guardianship may become necessary for a number of reasons. Children under the age of 18 require guardians if their parents die or are deemed unfit to care for the child. Adults may require a guardian if they have special needs or suffer from a serious mental or physical illness that prevents them from making their own decisions or managing their personal affairs and assets.

Representation at Guardianship Proceedings

The process of guardianship begins with filing a petition with the court. When the guardianship involves an adult, the court will assess the situation to determine incapacity. In order to verify that an individual is unable to manage finances or make decisions, it is important to fully understand their health and financial needs, and to obtain physicians reports and other necessary documentation.

The three types of guardianships include:

  • Guardian of the person – Responsible for ensuring adequate living conditions and meeting the daily care needs of the person
  • Guardian of the estate – Responsible for managing the person’s investments and financial affairs
  • Guardian of the person and estate – One person is appointed to oversee both the living conditions and financial affairs of the incapacitated person

Guardianship proceedings can be complicated and confusing. Our guardianship and conservatorship lawyers at Massillamany Jeter & Carson can assist you during the process and advise you about alternatives to guardianship. This may include creating a power of attorney, living trust, naming a health care proxy, or using advanced directives. Each situation is unique, so it is a good idea to get the advice of an experienced lawyer to learn about the options that are available in your situation.

When you need help with a guardianship or conservatorship, call (317) 434-1490 to discuss your situation with an attorney.

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