Guardianship of an Adult
A guardian can be appointed for an adult in situations where an individual at or over the age of 18 has a clinically diagnosed medical condition that results in the individual being unable to receive and process information in order to communicate or make decisions for themselves.
This is often seen in situations in which an elder family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, preventing them from being able to handle important decisions regarding their wellbeing, assets, or safety. Other instances in which a guardian may be appointed for an adult include an individual who has suffered a catastrophic injury that leaves them disabled or permanently impaired.
Guardianship of a Minor
A guardian is often appointed for a minor child if the child’s parents are legally declared to be either mentally unfit or incapable of caring for the child themselves. Someone wishing to be appointed as the guardian of a minor child must file a petition along with other documentation to the court in the county in which the child lives. The prospective guardian must be able to prove that they:
- Can pass a criminal background check
- Have had no involvement with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
- Are fit to care for the child
If a guardian is appointed, it is not considered a permanent legal relationship. A parent or another individual can petition the court to have the guardian removed. When the minor child reaches the age of 18, they are no longer under guardianship.
How Skilled Guardianship Attorneys Can Help You
If you are seeking guardianship of an adult or a minor in the state of Massachusetts, it is in your best interest to work with experienced family law attorneys to make sure the process moves as efficiently and smoothly as possible.
At Lamb and Lamb, P.C., we can guide you through the filing process and explain the options that are available to you. When you have knowledgeable attorneys by your side, you can have peace of mind and confidence that your legal matters are in capable hands.