Historically, an English King or Queen was the protector of their subjects. Maryland was an English colony and inherited this practice. The crown appointed Maryland’s governor. The governor had the responsibility of protecting the colonists, (as the agent of the Crown).
Over time, the old English system became Maryland common law which eventually formed the basis of this State’s statutes. The statutes and cases interpreting them form what today is known as a Guardianship.
Should that person later become disabled, these documents respectively protect that person’s well being and his or her financial affairs.
Instead of the governor as the agent of the Crown; in modern times the Court system has the statutory role of protecting Maryland’s citizens and their property.
being filed in the circuit court where the alleged disabled person (ADP) lives or is receiving medical care.
It must also be accompanied by certificates of two physicians, or one physician and one psychologist who have examined the alleged disabled person, (“ADP”) and made a medical determination that Guardianship is needed.
There will be a court hearing at which time the judge (or on occasion a jury), will make a determination whether all of the evidence presented meets the standard of proof to appoint guardians.
Mr. Abraham is an experienced attorney and founding member of the Law Firm of Abraham & Bauer. The Towson, MD office of the firm concentrates its practice in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, Medical Assistance (Medicaid), Guardianship, Asset Preservation and Fiduciary Representation.
He is an active member in a number of professional organizations that focus on law, the senior community, and estate planning. He works with clients in Central Maryland, especially in Towson, Hunt Valley, Lutherville/Timonium, Parkville, White Marsh, Bel Air & Northern Baltimore City.
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