Guardianship insures that an individual’s rights are properly protected when they may not be able to protect themselves.
We are retained as petitioning counsel, counsel appointed by the court to represent the alleged disabled persons, as/or the guardian of property appointed by the court.
Guardian of Person
A Guardian of Person appointment can ensure that an individual’s rights are properly protected when they may not be able to protect themselves.
Guardian of Property
Guardianships can also include protection of a person’s income and assets through the appointment of a Guardian of Property.
Guardianships can occur when people fail to plan for disability which then occurs. Maryland has a vested interest in protecting its citizens and what they own.
The Law Firm of Abraham and Bauer continues to provide representation to guardianship cases around Maryland.
- We are retained as petitioning counsel, counsel appointed by the court to represent the alleged disabled persons, and/or the guardian of property appointed by the court.
- We also continue representation outside of court by assisting appointed Guardians when requested by the respective clients.
Guardianships are formal court proceedings.
The State Court system mandates the protection of citizens who, because of their age or a disability, cannot personally do so. Sufficient evidence must be presented to warrant State’s intervention in such a case.
In situations concerning adults, the use of properly drafted estate planning documents called Advanced Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney will usually prevent court intervention and the necessity to appoint guardians.
- Estate Planning for Your Minor Children Failing to name guardians for your children in your will can lead to custody issues that could easily have been avoided by simply taking the time to decide who you want to take care of your minor children in the event of your death.
- Estate Planning for Disabled Children When parents have a son or daughter with a disability, it is especially important to develop an estate plan that provides for their child’s future best interests.
- Estate Planning & Divorce Not taking appropriate actions after divorce can lead to problems ranging from having the wrong person making your medical care decisions to them receiving the payout of an insurance policy.
- Fluid Estate Planning for Changes in Life Circumstances Your estate plan needs to change with life events. Divorce, marriage, and having children are some of the few things that truly can affect every aspect of your life.
- Elder Abuse Prevention & Prosecution Act A new federal law passed in October 2017 is aimed at combating Elder Abuse through a more thorough understanding of the issue and prosecution of the perpetrators.
- Creating Guardianships in Maryland Guardianships can occur when people fail to plan for disability which then occurs. Maryland has a vested interest in protecting its citizens and what they own.
- Preventing Elder Abuse Elder abuse can take many forms. These include direct physical, emotional, or sexual abuse and indirect abuse such as neglect, abandonment, and exploitation.
- Do I Really Need an Advance Health Care Directive? Without an AHCD document, decisions may be determined in court through a guardianship case if you are no longer able to do so, a scenario most people try to avoid.
- What is Guardianship? In Maryland, a guardianship may become necessary when an individual fails to appropriately institute an estate plan, a Power of Attorney and an Advance Health Care Directive.