Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C.
Pay Online
Legal & Mediation Services Call for a Confidential Consultation
P 215-752-6200 | F 215-752-6202

Guardianship

Guardianship is an option for any individual who has trouble or is incapable of making their own decisions. A court may appoint a guardian and grant the guardian authority to make decisions on behalf of the individual who has been deemed incapacitated by the court. The standard for incapacity involves an analysis of whether the individual can manage their financial resources and/or meet essential requirements for their own health and safety. A petition should be filed with the court to initiate a guardianship proceeding. Shortly after filing a petition you will be assigned a hearing date. The petitioning party has the burden of proof to demonstrate guardianship is absolutely necessary. This generally involves securing expert testimony from a treating physician regarding the extent of the incapacity and necessity for a guardian.

Click below to read more. 

Notice of the hearing and a copy of the petition must be served on the individual for whom guardianship is sought (Respondent) explaining in plain language the possible ramifications of the forthcoming legal proceedings. Notice must also be given to additional interested parties such as other family members. The court's decision will address the nature and duration of any guardianship to be instituted. For example, the court will state whether it is limited guardianship or plenary guardianship. Limited guardianship is appropriate where the Respondent is not totally incapacitated and only needs assistance with certain areas and so the court would dictate what specific powers the guardian will have. The appointed guardian must act for the best interests of the Respondent and file a report each year with the court regarding the ongoing care of the Respondent. The Respondent or any other interested party can petition the court to modify or terminate the guardianship if circumstances change or if the appointed guardian is not acting appropriately.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email us for response

Do You Need Answers?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Firm Locations

Langhorne Office
174 Middletown Blvd
#300
Langhorne, PA 19047

Phone: 215-752-6200
Fax: 215-752-6202
Langhorne Law Office Map

Doylestown Office
196 West Ashland Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 215-348-3800
Fax: 215-752-6202
Map & Directions

King of Prussia Office
630 Freedom Business Center
3rd Floor
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Phone: 484-704-2100
Fax: 215-752-6202
Map & Directions

Jenkintown Office
610 Old York Road
Suite 400
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Phone: 267-636-0100
Fax: 215-752-6202
Map & Directions