If a person is incapacitated and lacks advance directives such as Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies, it may be necessary to have the court appoint a Guardian to handle the person’s financial affairs and/or attend to his or her personal needs, such as medical decision-making. We have a wide range of experience in representing clients in all facets of Guardianship proceedings involving incapacitated persons. We also regularly assist parents and other family members with the appointment of Guardians for those with developmental disabilities.

Our firm regularly represents clients in both contested and uncontested Article 81 guardianship proceedings, where an adult individual is alleged to be incapacitated due to a health condition or illness, where no advance directives, such as a Power of Attorney or Health Care Proxy are in place.  We also represent clients in Article 17A guardianship proceedings for individuals with developmental disabilities. We petition the court for appointment of a guardian, provide notice to necessary parties, and represent clients in hearings concerning these matters.