Milwaukee, Wisconsin Guardianship Lawyer
Experienced Wisconsin Elder Law Attorney
Guardianship is the legal process of appointing a person to make financial and health care decisions for another person. A guardianship may be needed whenever the other person (known as the ward) does not have a power of attorney and is not competent to complete one. A conservatorship is similar to a guardianship. However, in a conservatorship, a court does not need to find that an individual is incompetent to handle their affairs.
Being named someone’s guardian or conservator is a serious responsibility. Milwaukee elder guardianship lawyer Rollie R. Hanson guides families through the guardianship process throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including West Allis and the Greater Milwaukee area.
In Wisconsin, a guardian can be appointed to make health care decisions, financial decisions, or both for someone who cannot make those decisions for himself or herself. There are several situations where you may need to be appointed someone’s guardian:
- If an elderly parent is not competent to sign a power of attorney, you or an adult sibling may need to be appointed your parent’s guardian in order to pay bills, manage assets and make health care decisions for your parent.
- If you have a disabled child, you will need to be appointed your child’s guardian once he or she becomes an adult. Otherwise, you would not have the legal authority to make financial and health care decisions for your child.
- If your child is the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, a lawsuit settlement or an inheritance, the child will need a guardian to manage the money until the child reaches 18. Even if you are the child’s parent, you will still need to be appointed as your child’s legal guardian in order to control your child’s assets.
In addition to guiding people through the guardianship process, we advise guardians concerning their obligations and liability as a guardian.
Protect Your Loved One's Rights
To set up an appointment to discuss guardianship of a family member with Milwaukee elder guardianship lawyer Rollie R. Hanson, call (414) 321-9733 or complete our simple contact form on this site. We are conveniently located in The Summit Place on Washington Street in West Allis.