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Guardianships

Learn about guardianships from an Elk & Elk attorney

When events leave individuals unable care for themselves, either temporarily or permanently, it may become necessary for the probate court to appoint a guardian to manage their affairs. A guardian can be a person, association, or even a corporation. The person for whom a guardian has been appointed is called a ward.

Elk & Elk is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation and excellent customer service. If you have questions about the rights of a ward, guardian or conservator, call Probate Attorney Amy Papesh at 1-800-ELK-OHIO for a complementary consultation or contact us online.

There are different types of guardianships.

Each type of guardianship has specific legal powers and responsibilities:

  • Guardian of the Person protects the ward and provides for his or her everyday needs, including food, shelter, clothing and healthcare
  • Guardian of the Estate manages the ward's property and financial assets
  • Interim Guardian is appointed to take the place of a previous guardian who can no longer fulfill their duties
  • Limited Guardian may only act on specific matters as directed by the probate court
  • Emergency Guardian appointed by the court without a formal hearing if the ward is in danger.
  • Conservator is appointed at the request of a mentally competent adult who is physically infirm.

The circumstances surrounding guardianship can be emotional. Probate Attorney Amy Papesh and her staff are here to guide you through the process and to ensure that your loved one is protected.