If a loved one becomes incapacitated, a family member or any qualified individual may seek legal guardianship of the incapacitated person. Pennsylvania law defines an incapacitated adult as one "whose abilities to receive and evaluate information effectively and communicate decisions in any way are impaired to such a significant extent that they are partially or totally unable to manage their financial resources or to meet essential requirements for their physical health and safety."

Under Pennsylvania law, only the court may grant legal guardianship. A party may seek guardianship of the person (for decisions regarding health care, where an incapacitated individual lives, etc.), as well as guardianship of the estate (for decisions regarding the financial affairs of the incapacitated person).

We Handle Guardianship Matters In Berks County And Beyond

The attorneys at Leisawitz Heller in Wyomissing assist families and other individuals who have a loved one who has become incapacitated and can no longer make decisions independently. The process of obtaining guardianship is complex, as are the reporting responsibilities once someone is named a legal guardian. Missteps can delay the process or create expensive legal situations once a guardian is named.

We are able to help clients who have a wide variety of guardianship situations, including:

  • Guardianship for an adult with disabilities
  • Guardianship for a person who is seriously and permanently injured in an accident
  • Guardianship for an adult who becomes incapacitated late in life due to dementia or other illness

Our knowledgeable estate planning lawyers help clients in Greater Reading and throughout southeastern Pennsylvania obtain guardianship and comply with all of the requirements that come with it. We will explain the different types of guardianship and what rights and responsibilities come with each.

We will complete all forms that are part of the petition process, represent you at the guardianship hearing and guide you in completing any annual reports that are required by the court. We will also provide ongoing guidance and advice throughout the guardianship to help you avoid making any mistakes.

Call 610-816-0342 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting. We can answer your questions, review your situation and provide a candid assessment of what you might expect.