In Maryland, the court may appoint a guardian to manage the affairs of a person who is unable to do so on their own due to disability, illness, or age. Choosing a guardian is an essential part of estate planning, if you want to have control over who is appointed to manage your affairs or the affairs of your children.
With a considerable amount of guardianship experience in Maryland, we at DiPietro Law Group, PLLC are prepared to assist you in completing the necessary paperwork and procedures to designate a guardian for yourself or a dependent. Rather than leaving this decision to the court, work with a Friendship Heights guardianship attorney at our firm and make sure your wishes are observed.
To discuss the types of guardianship and what to do to choose and officially designate a guardian, call our office or contact us online.
Types of Guardianship in Maryland
There are different types of guardianships in Maryland:
- Guardian of the Person of a Disabled Person
- Guardian of the Person of a Minor
- Guardian of the Property of a Disabled Person
- Guardian of the Property of a Minor
The duties of a guardian may vary depending on the unique situation, but may include:
- Making decisions regarding the healthcare, living situation, and education (for minors) of the ward (person in need of guardianship).
- Providing food, shelter, clothing, and housing for the ward.
- Driving the ward to and from school, medical appointments, etc.
- Acting as a companion or providing other social activity and interaction for the ward.
- Managing the ward’s money and property.
- Keeping detailed records of the ward’s finances.
The person you designate as guardian will be required to complete a training program, which can be completed online, depending on the court. This will help the guardian understand his or her rights, duties, and responsibilities. A guardian has a legal obligation to act in the best interests of the person placed in his or her care.
Find out more by contacting a Friendship Heights guardianship lawyer today.