Who Guards the Guardians?

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann, a Freehold, NJ Guardianship Law Firm

New Jersey Guardianships ask everyday people to step up to the plate for someone else. Guardians are crucial to the way we protect people. However, the job isn’t easy and people who enter these situations aren’t always prepared. After all, who is a guardian anyway?

First, there is a “Guardian of the Person” who makes personal decisions and life care decisions. A “Guardian of the Person” also determines home care, medical care, living arrangements, and day-to-day activities. This type of guardianship usually needs someone who is close the person in need.

Second, there is the “Guardian of the Property” who makes financial, social security, bill payment, selling, trading, buying, and investing decisions. Financial decisions make this type of guardianship very tricky. How do you jump in and manage someone else’s finances? Aren’t your finances enough trouble to handle as it is? In a NJ Guardianship, prior to appointing someone “Guardian of the Property,” a judge must determine where the person is capable of making these financial decisions. In most situations, the child or spouse will assume this position.

After the NJ Guardianship is completed, the guardian takes on legal responsibilities. The guardian’s legal obligation is to make decisions in the best interest of the person under the guardianship. The guardian doesn’t take on any debts of that person or responsibility for their acts.

A New Jersey Guardianship is a heavy burden to bear. Whether you are the Guardian of the Property or of the Person, you need someone backing you up. If you’re in need of someone like that, call Hanlon Niemann today. We’ve got the best NJ Guardianship Attorneys ready to help you out today. Call Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. toll-free at (888) 431-8567 or email him at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com/.

 

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