If you are unable to make informed decisions or care for yourself due to a medical condition, disability or otherwise, then a Guardian can be appointed to make financial or healthcare decisions for you. The probate court can also appoint a Guardian in a limited capacity for a narrow range of decisions on your behalf. The person appointed as Guardian can be a family member, an attorney, a social worker or a close friend.

There is a preference under Ohio law for a Guardianship to be granted only when less intrusive measures are unavailable.  For instance, if you already have a Durable Power of Attorney or a Healthcare Power of Attorney in place authorizing another to make financial or medical decisions for you, then the court may opt not to appoint a guardian.

Guardianship proceedings are very intrusive.  At Winkler Legal,  we have experience representing those applying to become a Guardian and those for which a guardianship application is sought (the “ward”). Every Guardianship proceeding is different, and we work with you so that we understand all the facts and family dynamics in play.  If you are involved in a Guardianship matter or would like to take steps today to avoid a guardianship proceeding in the future, please contact us for a free consultation to assess your circumstances

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