New Jersey guardianship attorney Christine Matus (https://matuslaw.com/how-to-take-care-of-your-aging-parents/) releases a new article that explains the meaning of guardianship in New Jersey. The lawyer mentions that there will come a time for an individual to think about the future of their family. They may be considering the time when a loved one will require the aid of someone who will take care of them. Guardianship may be able to ensure the care of that loved one.
According to the New Jersey guardianship attorney, “A power of attorney is a tool that allows your elderly parents the peace of knowing that someone can make decisions on their behalf. A trusted person, i.d., you or someone else in your family, will have the power to make financial and medical decisions on their behalf. If your elderly parents have a diminished mental capacity—or have received a diagnosis regarding that, you should consider getting a medical power of attorney.”
The lawyer explains that guardianship may be required for an elderly individual who has become unable to make important decisions or a special needs family member who is coming of adult age. It may also be required for minors who do not have parental care. A guardian will be the one in charge of that person’s property, finances, and best interests.
Attorney Christine Matus says that any relative or responsible adult in the family may be able to serve as a guardian. However, the state of New Jersey gives priority to the spouse first. An adult child may also be the guardian if the spouse chooses not to act as a guardian or is not able to do so.
In the article, the guardianship attorney mentions that there may also be co-guardians with equal decision-making power who must work together for the benefit of the ward. Guardianship is also not permanent and there is an annual review of whether the individual needs continued guardianship. Having a skilled guardianship attorney is very important for times like this.
Furthermore, the lawyer explains in the article that a guardian is required to look over an individual, both financially and physically, who is unable to make decisions or understand the consequences of their actions. The court will also need proof that the individual is not able to meet their own needs.
The lawyer says, “If your parents are not able to do this, you can pursue guardianship. Whereas a power of attorney could be executed through a notary, guardianship will be obtained through Probate Court. You can be assigned as a guardian, and your parents will be the ward. When you are appointed as a guardian, you would have the same rights and duties for your parents as someone who is responsible for minors (children) does.”
Lastly, attorney Christine Matus emphasizes that having a guardianship attorney may be able to help and guide family members through the process of guardianship. An experienced attorney may be able to answer the family’s questions and address their unique needs.
About the Matus Law Group
The Matus Law Group has a team of guardianship attorneys who are committed to helping families and individuals in planning for their loved ones’ future in New Jersey and New York. Through a team approach, they work hard to help their clients with their estate planning needs. Call The Matus Law Group today at (732) 785-4453.
About The Matus Law Group
Christine Matus was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey and to the U.S. District Court of New Jersey in 1995. She graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1992.
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